The Third Post
Trip Start Apr 08, 2011
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We went to "The Ark" for dinner today because Dave had a craving for their Chicken in Flowers dish. “The Ark” is not actually its real name but it doesn't have an English name so Dave calls it that because it’s full of live animals and you can pick and choose your meal out of cages, pens and aquariums. We didn’t go for anything “alive” today but got the Chicken in Flowers (big pot) which is a whole chicken and strips of banana flowers (I think that what they are) stewed in this really yummy sauce. Then we got a sweet soy pork (fat) dish and another staple of ours: beans sautéed in garlic (the green stuff).
I wish I knew what all these dishes are called
Officially it’s a public holiday here and but only a few of the shops and restaurants in our apartment complex were closed and the construction sites were definitely busy building the China of tomorrow!! I finally got the keys to my e-bike over the weekend and Dave and I went for a quick spin through our neighbourhood last night. The area is getting built as Ningbo’s education district; apart from the University of Nottingham where Dave works there are a few other massive Chinese ones, a whole bunch of middle and high schools and a huge library that’s available to everyone. The district is further expanding and there’s a huge business district being built a few blocks southwest of us. You know, for all the companies that will employ the university graduates. There are some really amazing architectural designs amongst all those corporate buildings; I’ll have to take a few photos some day to show you.
The funny thing here is that buildings and whole complexes will get built without prospective buyers or even a prospective industry in mind
It’s the same with our apartment complex. All apartments are built as skeleton spaces only. They are then put up for sale and it is up to the individual owners to put up any walls to subdivide the space into rooms, put in kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and electric outlets and then decorate. The complex we live in is relatively new and our building was the second to last to be “opened”. Our apartment was one of the first to be finished in this particular building and Dave was one of the first tenants when he moved into it in September. Hence, there’s still a lot of flats getting done up at the moment meaning a lot of hammering and drilling noise has to be endured. Very annoying, especially on a Saturday morning.
What else is there to tell? I went up to Shanghai again on Saturday to meet up with Ciaran, an Irish guy Dave and I used to play waterpolo with in Aberdeen
That’s it for now!