Crabs, crabs, crabs
Today, seeing as my last lesson was finished by 11am i spent the afternoon skiving school and spending time with one of the Chinese teachers at my school Michelle and her friend Nila.
First stop was lunch, four huge bowls of food, salad covered in oil and vinegar, shrimp in oil with chunks of potato with cucumber covered in coriander in a sauce of soft onions and big dishes of spiced crab, picked straight from the tanks, whose brethren sat and watched as I sucked the soft meat from inside their unfortunate friends. Finally a dish that I was refused knowledge of until I had tried it, that I was promised would make me ‘hot in bed.’ It turned out to be spiced pig kidney cooked with hot red and green chilli peppers. Everything but the kidneys was delicious, I’m not a picky eater in any way, but I always hate offal,and chowing down on pig insides, to me, doesn't seem a like it could ever be a massive turn on. I actually can't think of many things that would be less of an aphrodisiac than someone cracking out a pigs kidney to 'get you in the mood'.
After lunch we visited the memorial of the Wuchang uprising of 1911, as all the information was in Chinese I can't say I learnt a whole lot, but it was an interesting place to look round, the large red brick building of a western archetectural style. A small museum inside had original prints depicting traditional chinese painting used for cigarette or similar advertising. I had a fun few minutes explaining the word laxative, an advertisement depicting only a beautiful young chinese princess, who, I can only imagine, had some distinct need for western laxative pills.
Outside there was a stall where you could dress up in old fashioned military uniforms and get your photo taken. The Chinese teachers dismissed this as a silly tourist trap, I nodded along and decided to come back another time without fear of judgement.
The day was finished off with a visit to a giant supermarket and probably my favourite purchase so far in China, Cocopops. Been feeling a little down and tired the last few days so this taste of my English childhood worked as a bit of a pick me up. I bought Michelle some too, I have a feeling she isn't going to be that impressed.