Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunch debacle

OK...the never ending blog. I just got back from lunch and what and adventure! As I mentioned earlier, NO ONE speaks English. My first attempt I tried to find a restaurant recommended by Adrianne's UPS buddies, but no one knew what I was talking about so I ventured over to a seafood place I saw earlier. The hostess didn't speak much English but got enough out to tell me that they did not have a menu in English, but invited me over to the holding tanks to point out what I wanted to eat....uhhh, NO WAY!! So I ventured back to my hotel to eat at one of the many restaurants located there. Oh, I forgot to mention that if I don't eat I get a little nutso (most of you who know me already know this from experience!). During my search for food I was frantically texting Ian telling how much I was done with China and wanted out. I think I hit the local places just at lunch time because there were literally hundreds of people standing around waiting for tables. The first hostess I visited didn't speak a word of English and was too busy to find someone else to help...by this time I was getting a little delirious and was about in tears and ready to give up my search for food.

I finally pulled myself together and ventured to one last place. Again, the hostess didn't speak English but grabbed 3 other girls to help out. They were all giggling at me but at least trying to help. I have no clue what they were saying amongst themselves but whatever it was sure pissed off one of the guys waiting for a table. Before I knew what was going on he was up in their faces screaming something in Chinese...again, I have no clue what he was saying, but I discovered that "shit" must be a universal word because that was every 3rd word out of his mouth.

Regardless of his rantings, the girls took me directly to a table and within 5 mins I had some little munchies in front of me to tide me over till my lunch came. The food was nothing to write home about, but at least it filled the hole!

I'm off to the airport soon to catch my next flight. I'm probably done blogging till I reach NZ.

3 comments:

Christian said...

By now hopefully you're finally in NZ!!
Say hi to Ian for me.
I'm very proud of you. You did better than I probably would have in China. Especially the food. Being that I'm way too finicky and I don't eat anything that once swam in the sea (or a fish tank for that matter) I would have been at huge hungry loss!!!!

Can't wait to hear more!

lara kiyomi said...

Good for you, putting on your big girl pants! I hope you're having at least a little fun and I'm way proud of you too. Have fun in New Zealand and see you at the beach soon :)

Anonymous said...

What- you don't like "seeing your food swim around" before you get to eat it?