One of the things cristina and I are enjoying tremendously is being observers as the boys seamlessly adjust to being kids in China. The best example of this to date was how they both dived in and devoured bizarre (but surely tasty) bits of chicken (including feet, neck, head, etc.) when we sat down for lunch during our countryside outings to the great wall last weekend. It was delightful and horrifying all at once to see them fighting over the chicken head.
- Carlos: "caetano, don’t eat it all, save some for me"
- Caetano: "uhmm, chicken head is yummy"
- Carlos: "noooooo, save some for me"
- Caetano: "one more bite then i’ll give some to you!"
- Carlos: "noooo!!!"
While for cristina and I the experience of new food, new language, non-verbal and verbal communication, etc. all around us is sometimes shocking and new, for the boys it all must seem just "new", in the same way that trying so many things back home was also new each and every day in the life of a 4/6 year old. That said, the new food experience for the adults is pretty off-the-charts amazing as well… in the last week we’ve had duck intestine, duck tongues, jellyfish, various spicy noodle dishes with flavors we’ve never tasted before, new fruits and vegetables… and that’s just the stuff we could identify–there are many dishes that we simply must characterize as "Chinese mystery dish"
This weekend we took the boys to the Chaoyang park (biggest park in Asia) where we rode various amusement park type rides, and the next day went to the flea-market which was a hoot because we got to see all kinds of cool trinkets we’ll want to shop for when we move into our house and need to decorate with the local flare (click here for the photos). We also got the boys their first local haircuts, was really funny to see all the attention they got from the staff at the salon, which had probably not cut little american boys’ hair before. We got a cute picture of the boys with their barbers.
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