Here are our latest adventures as American Expats getting closer to Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival.
January 27, 2014
We stayed home most of the day venturing out long enough to get a boiled egg cooker and some bread, veggies, and of course eggs or jidan 鸡蛋. I needed this in America; this invention boils perfect eggs six at a time. I also stopped and took pictures of the Chinese lanterns lite up for Chinese New Year. These are in our apartment complex and we can see them from our window. Thursday night is Chinese New Year eve and it should be a loud one. You can find large displays of fireworks for sale on lots of area street corners.
January 28, 2014
We went to Lanfang’s new apartment for lunch. She doesn’t cook so she invited her younger sister and a friend to come over. Her friend in turn invited us to
January 26, 2014spend New Year’s Eve with them but since Lanfang will spend the evening with her family and since she is unable to come; her friend, who speaks less English than I speak Chinese, had second thoughts this morning and said no to the invitation. This unfortunately happens sometimes when we make plans with some Chinese. The plans either change or are canceled altogether. It is nice to do things with Chinese people sometimes but other times it becomes a hassle.
Anyway, Nate and I went in search of dinner and four our options were one of two food carts (I didn’t want to cook). A few restaurants like McDove remain open but the closer we get to Chinese New Year those options are going away. Our cart options were friend noodles or and egg and sausage roll-up. Both of us wanted the roll-ups but she only had on left so Nate offered it to me and got fried noodles instead. We then helped Hazel (Donna and David’s daughter) find an open fruit stand. Not easy because at this time of year the food options and where to get the food will become slimmer. Since most sales are student driven and most of them are home for the holiday it is a lean time for those still here. Both foreign and Chinese are affected.