Saturday, November 28, 2009

From Wuhan

 We had a lovely float down the Yangtze. Aside from the tourist-trap ports along the way, we mostly sat in our cabin watching the scenery go by and eating oranges and roast chestnuts we bought on the dock. Our Thanksgiving feast included kungpao chicken, bak choy with mushrooms, and a clear tomato and egg soup. The dining room was awfully smokey (as is just about everywhere here), but I suppose that's a better Thanksgiving than last year (we went to McDonalds). On the last morning we discovered some small, furry abomination must have sneaked into our room as we found two of our sausages had been nibbled open. If it had to happen, I'm glad I didn't know until the morning we were disembarking. Shudder.

Today we're in Wuhan, which is big and shiny but not much else. We're taking a night train to Nanjing, we'll be there about a day and a half to see Sun Yat-sen's mausoleum and the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. Then on to Shanghai, and in about a week I'll be home!

This morning we took a bus to Hubuxiang Snack Street. Americans really need to catch on to the "snack street" thing. We ate roast lamb skewers, garlic oysters on the shell, fried pork-filled pancakes, dumplings, spicy peanut oil noodles, fresh orange juice and egg tarts. Chinese people have much more liberal ideas about what's acceptable breakfast food.All that decadence before noon made me preemptively sad to be separating myself from Chinese food. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to pimento cheese sandwiches, guacamole, homemade cookies and brownies, etc. Can't wait!

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