First we went to Jingdezhen graduation which consisted of sitting for an hour in the scorching sun sweating like mad listening to militant speeches in chinese. I put on my sun glasses, and turned up the i-pod and was able to get into a nice zone out state for most of it. All of the freshmen were in camo and marching around for part of orientation. I've got loads of pictures of that. Then we went to a small museum with some of the most amazing works I have seen yet. Every room I walked into my jaw dropped to the floor from the amazing things this culture can do with porcelain clay. I took loads of pictures of that as well. We took a lunch break and then went to a very traditional part of town. The pots there were just as gorgeous as the ones in the museum. Every little shop you go into the people working follow you around with a calculator punching numbers and showing them to you. Often times when I am not interested I take the calculator and put a number less than half the price. They usually laugh and walk away. The area was huge, but I covered it all in three hours or so. I was extremely tired after that venture and was able to squeeze a five minute nap in before supper. I was so tired I felt like could have fallen over at any second. I then went to the store and found the most amazing thing ever........PEANUT BUTTER!!!!! I bought some crackers as well and they were a great way to finish the day. Soooooo good, especially after the limitless amounts of spicy chinese food. I will post the pictures in the morning. Good Night, or good morning to some.
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Long, but AWESOME day.
I am so tired right now, but I figured I would write while the day is fresh on my mind and add my pictures tomorrow. This morning I did a quick check on my pots before breakfast and leaving for the day filled with travel and viewing of this amazing porcelain capital city. At breakfast this morning I caught my first fly with the sticks. It is all about knowing where the fly will move next and being able to sneak in really close. I am just figuring out the really essential things. The fly flew right up into where I had the chopsticks ready and I knocked him out. He fell back down onto the table on his back. I picked him up with the sticks and went and showed everyone, but he came back to life and crawled from the hold of my chinese utensil. I lost him just before anyone could snap a picture so the adventure continues onward. I am getting better though.