Wow, this has been an eventful day. I met Diamond a college student here at Henan University of Technology. She want's to improve her English and she is going to help me get better at Chinese as a trade. Today school was at the market. We talked about different colors, flags balloons, you name it. Everything has an English and a Chinese name and we talked about lots of things. She helped me pronounce things like bus, museum, clothes, shoes and colors and I helped her do the same in English. We rode to and from the market on a double decker bus and went upstairs for a sky high view. Once at the market we tried many foods, a type of melon that wasn't a cantaloupe but it sure tasted like it. Then there was meat on a stick, hot and spicy and simply delicious. We also tried a rice sweet with a fruit in the center. Think the fruit was fig, but it was good too! Found lots of great deals and found out that I'm bigger than an XL here. Like in the states they have stores dedicated to jeans. They seemed to have more stores that were for men's clothes then what we see in the states. They had great stores to go in but they also had vendors who were outside on the sidewalk with great deals. Discount Rate is what Diamond said and she wasn't joking. I got a watch and more tights a big thing over here and pretty much the only way I will wear a dress or skirt. We walked through a part on our way home and her friend and roommate, Linda, joined us as we were coming home from the market.
Chuck and Nate had an adventure going to Wal-Mart while I was out with Diamond. Check their blogs to find out what all they saw, but we did score an air mattress!!!!!
We are doing a chill day today. After two days of getting on busses to see markets I want to rest and my feet are in total agreement. Chuck and I did make it to the printer and got stuff for his classes and mine. After that we rode our bikes to a local street market and got some fruit. There we met a man selling Persimmons. Chuck & I both have not had persimmons before although my mom loves them and has shared often. We were trying to just get a few to sample, but the man wouldn't hear of us getting any less than eight. After Chuck picked 4, he added 4 more to the bag. Not super expensive and Nate does like them so hopefully they won't go to waste. We got bananas and seedless grapes. I have found that taking a fruit as a snack and bottled water is really all you need when we go teaching. Well, perhaps Chuck will need more as he will be at college as he teaches longer than I do. We came home and watched more Chinese TV. I discovered, with Chuck's help a Chinese version of 'angry birds' and have been having fun playing it. Talk to you next time...