A little trip over the border
Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
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Went through Pingxu and Liuyang counties in Guangxi before crossing the border into Yunnan Province. The scenery was magnificent and as we were climbing higher into the mountains the mist just added another dimension to the view
Chinese Whispers took on a whole new meaning for me. We had just arrived in the village when the Principal of the Junior and Middle Schools came down and invited us out to lunch.....it was already being prepared!! I thought "how nice" and then was asked would I mind visiting their school after lunch so the children could talk English to a foreign teacher......guess it was a bit like singing for my supper but i was happy to do so.
Off to lunch to a local restaurant where we were met by the Principal and other senior people from the school and were led to a private room where a fabulous feast was set out before us. Went through the seating ritual and then the Principal smiled at me saying something in Chinese. I smiled back(being polite) not knowing that he had just asked if I drank and was delighted when told by Andy that I did.....oh dear...not a good idea at lunchtime when you know you are heading off to talk to small children for the afternoon
Where do I start with lunch....hmmm....perhaps with the fried bees!!! YES you have read right and the Principal decided that as the honoured guest I should have plenty to eat. Have to say they were quite interesting - cant describe the taste, just they were crunchy. I still draw the line at eating fish head, chicken head and feet so figured I'd just gladly accept the bees. Anyway it was a fantastic lunch and I was then driven to the school.
Well Chinese Whispers were working overtime.....by the time I arrived the teachers had assembled all the "Middle School" students in the auditorium to be formally introduced by the Principal. They clapped and cheered like I was a star and sat there mesmerised by hearing English spoken by an English-speaking person!! I found it hilarious and just rabbited on about where I was from and then went around and chatted to some students so they could show me how good their English was!! Thank goodness I can just talk and keep talking (see Matt it is useful sometimes!!) They said godbye and headed back to their classrooms. I was then shown around some of the school and had to admire the view and then it was back to the auditorium to go through the process with the "Junior School" with the same outcome
Played games with the little ones until it was time to head "home". Well little did I know that was going to be an adventure in itself....we were picked up by this little cart and driven along a VERY rough track barely wide enough for the cart to the highway. No bus stop to be seen but I am assured by Andy that if we just wait the bus will come along and pick us up....just wasn't sure when! Good old China time.......waited about 20 minutes and sure enough along came the bus and we headed back to Baise. Retreived Andy's scooter from where we had parked it earlier in the day and headed back to school. I was totally exhausted by this time.....
A totally unexpected day but one that I will treasure.....the joys of living in a different country.
Bye for now. xx