Monday, May 16, 2011 5:45 am
Yesterday we made some new friends in Nanjing, Gual lei, Gao, Wang Han, and Leo. In the morning at 7:30 we were taken to the canteen for breakfast where we tried a sampling of some of the local food. There was some fried egg pancakes, fried eggs, bread with vegetables, fried duck meat, and sweet potato patty. I tried 3 of these and they all tasted good. Afterwards we came back to our rooms and prepared for morning church. Gao met us and took us to where the taxis were and we showed them a piece of paper with English and Chinese words that Lynn had given us which would take us to the St. Paul’s church. We arrived there around 10:30, a longer drive than we thought, and we thanked God that Lynn was waiting by the street for us. This was the English service and the service was very similar to the one I go to in Bluefield; songs, scripture reading, sermon, the Lord’s Prayer, The Apostle’s Creed, Gloria Patri, Doxology, and communion. I believe Lynn said they have 4 services on Sunday with three of them in Chinese. As we got out of the taxi there was a mass of people who were leaving one of the Chinese services. The speaker was very good giving a message of “How to enjoy the people in your life”. One of the things I enjoyed most about the service was that the communion was given in Chinese. Now that was special.
Afterwards Lynn took us to the grocery store and mall area near where we live and then treated us to a Chinese lunch. It was great spending time with her. I think we needed to just talk with someone who spoke perfect English. Lynn then gave us some items that we needed like washcloths, hair dryers, and some glue and scissors that I needed. She is truly a blessing and asset to have here. This will be sad for next year as she said the Chinese did not renew her Visa because of her age. She is a kind woman and sincerely cares for us.
Afterwards we met some of the students I mentioned above, three of them are art majors here and they were going to take me to the nearby art supply store and if I wanted to get something they were going to bargain for me. I bought 3 large pieces of rice paper, a sketchbook, some Chinese ink and stone, some liquid latex, all for about 7.00 dollars. Now that is what I call bargaining power, ha, thanks to our new friends. We then took a walk on the long river (Qinhuai River) boardwalk that was across the street. We took a leisurely stroll along the river just enjoying each other’s company. There were also many street vendors in this area with just a cloth on the ground selling numerous items. There was a lot of pottery, name stamps, Chinese paintings, etc. I did not want to get too excited about all of the pottery but I did on occasion ask our new friends to inquire on the price. They told us that they were too high and that we could find better prices. I might need to go there again and see if I can get something I like.
After this we all went to eat at the canteen. We were given a food card that works there so we do not have to pay. I had rice and chicken. The only think I did not like about it was the chicken had bones all in it, almost like it is cut up randomly. I found it very difficult to eat. Even better there is a local tiny grocery store that our card works at. I stopped by and got a Gatorade, ice cream, napkins, 2 liter coke, 2 liter cherry juice, and some crackers.
We then went back to our rooms for an hour and then went and played basketball for about an hour with our new friends. We also met some other Chinese students there and had fun with them. I will say that Lydia and Amber are quite the athletes and I am sure the Chinese students were impressed by this. I know I was. I especially was impressed with Lydia. For those that know her she can appear quite and timid. Well get her on basketball court and she is like Yao Ming. Was that a day or what?