This past Saturday morning, we had every intention of getting to DongMen early enough that it wouldn't be too crowded, but the bus took longer than we expected and we didn't arrive till about 10:30.
We had a few things on our list to buy, and our first stop was at "MiniSo", a home goods/beauty/everything sort of store which reminds me of a nice dollar store. Just about everything in the store is $5 or else, and it's always fun to see what they have. Last time we went I bought a mint plant which is coming along quite nicely, this time, Angel got some cologne.
Then we wandered till we found Angel's favorite candy store. We feel like we're getting to know the layout of the DongMen shopping area fairly well, but it still feels pretty easy to get lost. We headed down a few other streets that didn't look familiar, and Angel, who was hungry because he didn't eat breakfast, stopped to get some snacks.
The first snack of the day was a rou jia mo, which in this case, was a sandwich containing pork and lettuce. Angel says it was the best rou jia mo he's ever had. I tried it, but I prefer the beef rou jia mo sold at a little Halal restaurant near our apartment. I'm not a big fan of pork.
He also got these two meat sticks. They looked really spicy, so I did not partake, but Angel ate both sticks on his own and then decided that he doesn't want to eat such spicy meat anymore.
We stopped by the movie store before heading back on the subway and picked up the 3 original Indiana Jones movies, because Angel's been wanting to see them ever since watching some men cracking whips at the town square the other day.
We returned back to our "home" stop on the metro and stopped to get a bubble tea (for Angel) and lemon tea (for me). Man, we sure got a lot of snacks on this day!
I'd only noticed recently that this little river we cross to get home from the metro had a stepping-stone crossing as an alternate route to crossing via the bridge that cars use, and I thought it looked way more exciting to cross the river via stepping stones, so we tried it out for the first time!
Before returning home, we stopped by Walmart for a few groceries, and, among other things, trash bags. These bags don't look really "hefty", do they? We just have one tiny trashcan, and take out the trash every day--it's a good system, because trash seems to attract cockroaches.
And Sprite. I'm a snob now, I won't buy pop unless it comes with something free. Often it'll come with a free water bottle. Sometimes it's a little plastic bowl. Today, two free packs of tissues, score!
We made ourselves dinner, watched some Indiana Jones, and then Angel read his eBook "The Psychology and Spirituality of Overeating and Obesity" while I did mysterious things on the internet.
Sunday morning involved church (Where we sang "We Three Kings" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" in Mandarin), a lunch of tacos, and a short nap before Angel's three students came over for their English class.
Post-English class was a much anticipated event--playing with remote control boats at the park! The week before, one of Angel's students, who has an inexplicable love for me given that Angel is her teacher, gave me a model boat, and we spent an hour on that day putting our boats together, which was a bit of a challenge given that I've never put a model boat together, and the instructions were in Chinese.
We had to wait for the glue on the boats to dry, so this Sunday, we took them out to the park for a spin around the lake. She felt Angel and I needed a lot of instructions because we'd never played with remote control boats before, so she carefully told me not to sail my boat too far away, lest it go out of range, and not to let the boys (her classmates) take the boat, because they would run away with it.
That was our weekend. Meat on a stick, boats, a fun river-crossing, Christmas hymns, and Indiana Jones. What more could I ask for?