Day 16 - What I Ate
(30 Day Photo Challenge)
I spend a couple hours on Sunday afternoons tutoring an eleven year old boy named Bill. We go over his English homework, I correct his pronunciation, and I basically get paid to hang out with a really cool kid. Today, he gave me my first lesson in Chinese chess. After our tutoring sessions, I always join his family for dinner. His wonderfully kind mother not only cooks, but also helps me with my Chinese.
For dinner we had mashed potatoes, green beans, beef, dried fish, rabbit in a spicy peanut sauce, sticky rice, salted peanuts, bamboo (imported from the Bamboo Sea in Northern Sichuan), and green chili peppers in some type of sweet vinegar sauce (amazing). It is such a strange and interesting experience to be eating with Bill’s parents, grandparents, and neighbors. The Chinese dining experience is completely different from the American one. Everyone eats super fast while quickly spitting out bones in their discard bowl, they eat loudly (very loudly), and of course there is no such thing as individually served plates. Everything is always lazy susan style. To top it off, I’m surrounded with rapid conversation in Sichuanese, which is considerably different from Mandarin. It’s kind of crazy.
I wish I would’ve gotten better pictures, but this is all I could manage.