Lunch Time Adventures – Guilin

There is nothing that lifts my spirits more than a nice bit of sunshine. Not only has the sun been shining for the past couple of days, but the sky has been blue! We discussed our situation last night over dinner and both agreed that we are having the time of our lives. Not only does the sunshine help, but having our own space has been a big improvement. Hostels can be great places to meet new people, and are definitely affordable, but it can be a bit difficult to establish a daily living routine. Since moving to the hotel, this has been one of the big things we’ve been working on, getting into a routine, and so far things have been going pretty smoothly. We’ve scheduled some private indoor and outdoor time for each of us, as well as a long walk together for lunch.

I have been particularly enjoying our long walks for lunch. We don’t usually have a destination in mind, or if we do, we don’t usually end up there. It is very refreshing to have enough time to simply wander and go wherever we want to. Most days we find ourselves in at least one shopping district; they’re scattered all over this part of the city. I guess we are drawn in by the smells of street food and the bright lights.

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The square at the North end of Pedestrian Street.

We enjoy wandering through, people watching, and window shopping. I really enjoy looking at all of the outfits the kids wear (nearly every one has animal ears or some sort of adorable accessory). Josh gets a kick out of the Chinglish and copyrighted signs.

And what walk is not complete without some amazingly random lunch. We are rarely hungry for lunch, so it is easy to wait for the perfect moment to eat. We find the stall that smells the best, has the biggest crowd, or looks particularly interesting.

A couple of times we have ended up with Chinese fast food. It is cheap at less than $2.50 for both of us, varied, and doesn’t require reading a menu. The stalls have tubs full of bowls filled with various items ranging from ¥2 for small bowls up to ¥5 for large bowls. We just point at whatever looks good.

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Pumpkin, broccoli and pork, meatballs in an egg with some sort of root vegetable underneath.

If we do splurge on the occasional $4 lunch, it is usually for something that really catches our eye (or nose) like hot pot on a stick, Hong Kong Waffles, or stick meats. We have also made a list of some of the unexpected or weird things we’d like to try. For example, the other day we found an independently run pizza shop. Nothing fancy, just a Chinese guy with a pizza oven, but it’s so out of place over here that we feel compelled to try it. Or how about KFC’s new sea bug sandwich! What exactly is a sea bug? We have no idea! But Chinese KFC is putting them on sandwiches and advertising like crazy, so of course we’re going to buy one.

Our daily lunch adventures have become a big part of the day, a nice moment to catch up after spending the morning working. There is so much to see and do here; we are truly seeing (and eating!) the world.

 

 

6 comments

  1. Sounds like you two are really enjoying your adventure in China. I look forward to hearing the exciting things you do and discover. How long will you be staying at that location and what made you decide on China as your first destination? You may have already addressed this but I missed it. I have still have snow in my yard but it is melting away, freezing at night and sometimes have fog in the a.m. Watching the grand kids grow but i’m not getting any older myself…LOL Till next time…

    1. Thank you!!! We decided to start with China because we thought it might be an easier transition for us since we have already lived her once before. We will be leaving Guilin on Monday for our next stop. I don’t want to give away our next stop though, because it is going to knock everyone’s socks off.

  2. Yep, the Seabug sandwich sounds intriguing! I would love seeing all the bright colors and lights of the city.

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