MY SECOND WEEK

Trip Start Aug 21, 2008
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Trip End Nov 2008


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DRAGON HEAD

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Just beginning the second or maybe the third week.  I have lost count of time now. I had a couple of my students invite me out to breakfast.  I suggested my favorite noodle stand.  This place a few years ago was across the street on the sidewalk for those of you who have see my older travels. They have done so well they have move into a new building and in fact around the corner is where we had the staff dinner, it is their place also. Their specialty is the famous Guilin Noodles.  They are a variety of noodle all homemade. Then you get to choose from a variety of topping. You can get a big bowl for about 4 Yuan about 30 cents you add a bottle of water and your breakfast is still less then 50 cents. The owners, a family, are very friendly and we help you choose the spicy from the not so spicy.

School starts soon and we will once again be in full swing.  At least I hope so.  Although the 49 Juice Bar is a beautiful location, right across from the river and park we do not get many tourists and only in the evenings do we get the locals.  Now with school starting we will hopefully have our 4 or 5 "rush hours".  Kids going to school 6-7am, first break (where some kids have to go around the block to get to some of their classes) 9:30,  Off for lunch around 11:45, back from lunch 2:45 and then finally going home around 4:45.  We think the first week will be slow but then after they settle into there routine so will we.

A little tour of the  49 Juice Bar. Although they have only been open for a few months there have been many changes. We now have a computer where people can get on the Internet, listen to music, watch a movie or take some of the English lessons we have on CD.  Between the "rushes" we do tutoring.  We have set up a small library.  Maybe a little bit unique some romance novels and children books.  But they love them. Although we offer tutoring at the Bar we have one teacher who goes to peoples homes.  Our youngest student is 6 and our oldest is about 50.

I caught Lisa cooking dinner and told her I was going to put her on the Internet. She was so excited.  She gave me a whole cooking lesson.  It is about 8 minutes long so if you do not have the time to watch I understand. Last year Lisa only new a few words of English and worked in one of the tourist shops.  Now she is our cook and as you see loves to talk.  She is also a very good cook.  Real home still cooking.  We get most of our supplies from the local farmers as the pass the bar on the way to the local markets.  So you can not get it any fresher unless you went out into the fields yourself.

With school in the kids just pile into the place.  Most with there membership cards wanting to make sure they get credit for each drink they buy.  It is great. As a member the more drinks they by the more chances they get to get some prizes.  They get bigger drinks, T-shirts and the most popular is the American state quarters I brought.  We now have over 500 members.  Mostly kids but some parents and locals also.  The primary school is just a few doors down and we get about 2000 kids pass the Juice bar each day. 
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