I'm in Fuqing, China. Seriously
Sep 19, 2005
Nov 21, 2005
I met Ben a few hours after my train stopped in Fuzhou, and after a quick lunch we headed about an hour southeast of the city to a place called Fuqing, unfortunately pronounced Foo-ching in reality. Ben refers to it lovingly as "the Topeka of China". I met some of Ben's old students here, and his girlfriend, but made it kind of an early night. We woke up at 8 AM to rent bikes and head out into the country. We stopped and bought fruit and made a scene in a small village that probably hasn't seen foreigners in years. While we were riding on one of the main roads outside of the city, a woman came alongside us on her scooter and invited us to her house for lunch. Her 2 children and their cousin entertained us while she made us a seafood dish, and duck soup. From there we decided to take routes that only slightly appeared to be trails. We ended up walking our bikes through thick brush and over a small waterfall with no choice but to slip by next to two decaying pig carcasses. Overall, it was worth it to see how the other 750 million Chinese people live their lives, and when I got back to my hotel in Fuqing, I took an epic shower that rates somewhere in my all-time top five.