I already mentioned 国庆节, but I wanted to give an account of the various activities.
I had an excessive amount of “me” time. I did activities that could be best listed under personal development. I went to the gym nearly every day, without my companion Sara. Linda was also gone, as she traveled with her father to Beijing and Hohhot for the holiday. I also studied Chinese extensively, mostly reviewing and improving my character recognition. Jason was not available, as he had to work.
I did, however, get to enjoy Daphney’s company on a couple of occasions. I also had a chance to catch up with my 姐姐 (elder sister), Hui Li, and my 妹妹 (younger sister), Yang Di, Huihui, and Beibei. Daphney and I checked out the recently opened H&M. I did find some things, several basic long-sleeved shirts and a pair of khaki-colored linen pants, but the selection was quite disappointing. Not as well-stocked as H&M in Beijing & Shanghai, but that isn’t necessarily a surprise. Daphney cooked lunch prior to our shopping adventure.
|Daphney’s cooking. The purple rice was a nice change from the mundane, bland taste of white rice.|
|Huihui’s dog, Bear. She is very sweet.|
|Huihui and I. She is a former student of my 姐姐，Hui Li.|