One thing's for sure: When you're new to the language and culture, there is no such thing as a boring day. I (Kevin) learned this rather quickly when we first moved to China in 2001. While shopping for furniture, a man walked up to me, rubbed my arm and then walked away. I suppose he'd never seen arm hair before, but still, a little unsettling. Thankfully, this kind of randomness doesn't happen to us as much now, but we still experience the unexpected every day. The following photos give a glimpse.
It might not be so unusual for a washing machine to pour forth water across the kitchen floor, but try fixing the washer by leaning the 200 lb contraption on a folding stool borrowed from the stairway above our apartment. Then, add that our fabulous cook was able to offer advice while shelling peas. Of course, the most random thing for my co-worker friends was me taking this picture.
We've never been to Ireland, but I imagine if I stepped into a pub
there, it might look something like this one ... well, minus the two
Nutcrackers that guard the billiards table year round. From time to
time, we do drink from the shot glasses ... with grape juice for
communion. This Irish Pub is the location of our Sunday fellowships. But
when you think about it, it's really quite fitting since the melody of
Amazing Grace began as a tavern song. Anything and everything can be
redeemed ... even an Irish Pub in China.
Molly and Hudson enjoy going up and down escalators, but these magnetic
ramps are quite amazing. No matter the supermarket we shop, our carts
stick to the ramp as we go up to the second or third floor. Except for
one scary experience, the wheels roll away from the ramp at the top.
Thankfully in the one exception, a nearby staff member could help before
Dayna's cart crashed into me.
I've never been the biggest fan of slippers; I prefer to just keep my
shoes on. But when Dayna came home one afternoon with Molly and Hudson's
new slippers, my attitude changed. Those four little slippers are the
coolest slippers I've ever seen.
And Five Years Later
1 week ago