Though as temporary Beijingers/ex-New Yorkers we may hold our heads a little higher since ex-Knick Steven Marbury led his new team to victory in the Chinese Basketball Association finals a few weeks ago, life is still always just a little harder than usual:
1) Making week-end morning pancakes
Add a few extra steps. Like going online to convert 2.75 cups milk to 650 ml. And soaking the strawberries in a dilute of Betadine disinfectant, rinsing with (yes, overkill) bottled water we then filter and boil. I hope this works; the embassy doc recommends bleach solution instead.
If it sound mildly traumatized…it’s the latest food-safety scandal. This week’s was gelatin rendered from used shoe leather, containing poisonous chromium, found in Chinese jellies and [gelatin] medicine capsules. Making the pharmacy we brought in a suitcase look a little less paranoid.
Celebrating Ethan’s late-birthday, we let him order a salad!! The first raw, unpeeled vegetable in 8 months. We just broke down. Look how happy he looks! Current plan is an an all-salad lifestyle back in America. At least for 3 days.
3) The Birthday Party Invitation Supplement.
Instructions and maps are involved, in English, pinyin (transliteration), and Mandarin characters, because Beijing is so hard to navigate. So for Ethan’s party in a park (sadly, rained out today) we distribute this:
RITAN PARK 日坛公园 – Party location. Home to the Temple of the Sun.
6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyangmenwai,朝阳门外日坛北路6号
STONE BOAT CAFÉ 石舫 – For 9 am drop off & 2pm pick-ups:
Southwest corner of Ritan Park, Lakeside, Beijing
Chāoyáng qū Rìtán gōngyuán lǐ, húbiānJianWai Street
Near: Guanghu lu & YaBao lu
+86 10 6501 9986
ANNIE’S RESTAURANT – Lunch spot, for 1 pm pick-ups:
Ritan Park and Yabao Lu 日坛公园雅宝路
Unit 2-3-93, Ritan Highlife, (opposite north gate of Ritan Park), 39 Shenlu Jie, Chaoyang District
39 Shenlujie, Ritan High Life 2-3-93, Vicinity: Ritan
Across from Ritan Park North Gate
日坛公园北门对面 8569-3031 www.annies.com.cn
…AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MY CELL: 1881 0600 643
Beijing is about as good as it gets right now.
Sorry no posts….Report coming on Qingdao (of beer fame) & its well-cared-for eastern province of Shandong, home to more Party officials than any other province. Big report to come on The Great Sage Confucius, whose hometown was one huge lesson in filial piety. More soon on the calisthenics TV show we like to call, “Exercise With Happy Minorities.”
And on my students, who are writing what they know: Living in Foxcomm dorm as a line worker. Being the left-behind lonely child of a migrant worker. Seeing your best friend’s dad jailed for corruption. Astonishing. Have a lovely week-end!