最新的恶作剧

You will notice that if you paste the above phrase into Google Translate, the software will spit out something like “The latest prank.” Actually, I was hoping to translate “shenanigans.”

Regardless of how my title is transposed, this entry serves to update you all on my most recent events.

I will have to backtrack to a couple of weeks ago. I finally met Irina’s significant other. Irina is a student of mine from last term. I  normally have lunch with her and Jane every Thursday and Friday. They were news writing students who are deeply steeped in academia and therefore are interested in participating in meaningful conversation. We can talk about everything from A-Z.

Irina’s boyfriend is an engineer at Volkswagen in Guangzhou. I had hesitations when she told me about him, mostly because of their disparate age and because of my generalizations of Western men in China. I’ve met plenty that have propelled my assumptions into accurate statements. Thankfully, our double date lunch disproved my stereotype in this case. Alex, 张健 Jason, Irina, and myself enjoyed lunch at 啪啪派 Papa Park, a Western restaurant owned by one of the Parkqin owners, located at the 大雁塔 Big Wild Goose Pagoda. I spent most of my time fixated on getting to know Alex so that I could evaluate his intentions with Irina. I consider Irina and Jane good friends, rather than just former students. The lunch proved to serve its lofty purpose and it’s in the works for me to go visit Irina in Guangzhou. After we said our goodbyes, as Alex needed to be seen off to the airport by Irina for his flight back to Guangzhou, Jason and I went to Walmart before heading home. I rarely venture over there due to the inconvenience of having to carry my goodies back to the campus. It discovered that it’s really worth the inconvenience. Walmart has a better selection of fairly priced fruits and vegetables than the Vanguard around the corner from the old campus’s main gate. The fact that a DQ is also located adjacent to Walmart doesn’t hurt getting over the inconvenience factor either.

Last week, as promised, Jason and I went summer shopping. After my lesson at Green Molly on Tuesday, we met at 一丰城 Vevo City, where there is an H&M. After getting myself some new summer apparel – two sleeveless tanks, a pair of shorts, and pastel green slip-on sneakers – we dined at Pete’s Tex-Mex, a new Mexican place in a mall just down the road from Vevo City. I had heard good things from expats about this place, but both Jason and I were slightly disappointed. Besides the high price tag, the dishes we ordered didn’t exactly exude Mexican fare. I’ll chalk it up to the average inconsistency that exists when eating in China. Most restaurants are of the hit or miss variety. After an exhaustive day, peppered with drizzles and showers, we finally headed home, ending the evening with a viewing of 中国合伙人。

My other latest Xiananigans will be in stand-alone entries: 西安音乐会,古彻学院的访问,草莓音乐节。

Not what we ate with Irina and Alex, but gives you a sense of the food offerings at Papa Park.

Not what we ate with Irina and Alex, but gives you a sense of the food offerings at Papa Park.

Bookcase lamp at Pete's Text-Mex Restaurant

Bookcase lamp at Pete’s Text-Mex Restaurant

Wall decor at Pete's Tex-Mex

Wall decor at Pete’s Tex-Mex

Fireplace at Pete's Tex-Mex

Fireplace at Pete’s Tex-Mex

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