…and then finally we arrived, to a home-made meal Kevin’s mom prepared for us. As she set more and more dishes in front of us, the table went from this:
…to this pretty darn quick:
Oh man she just kept piling new dishes in…SO very nice of her to feed us so well!
She fed us three meals like that…all different dishes, mostly seafood which is super fresh there where they live.
Kevin took us to a Kung-Fu master to learn a few moves.
This guy comes once a month to teach all the people who gather to learn.
He taught Max some moves and had him try to push him over.
He couldn’t do it, and that’s saying something because that kid is pretty darn strong.
All the kung-fu guys:
They have these things everywhere so all the adults can get their exercise in. Every time the kids saw the “equipment” they ran and got a little exercise in.
This guy takes roots of all shapes and sizes and tries to determine from their shape what to carve them into…he envisions what will flow out of them and then starts to carve away. Reminded me a little of Michelangelo who is said to have felt he was “freeing the human form trapped inside marble.”
There were hundreds of these sculptures of all shapes and sizes.
We were quite mesmerized by them and then found out the artist himself was working in the back of the museum. We were so excited we got to meet him and see what he was working on.
We visited one of the factories Dave and Kevin work with.
Here are some of the molds they use to make huge plastic parts:
It stretched out past my Grandma’s back yard for what seemed like a football field to a kid like me.
His Dad helped the kids harvest some of the vegetables.
…and carry them home.
Right in the middle of the neighborhood was a sock factory.
At first it looked kind of like a jumble but it was pretty amazing to watch these old machines putting socks together.
They turn out like this.
There is a place where a lot of the famous Chinese movies are filmed close to where Kevin is from.
So of course we had to go there 🙂
We snuck onto one of the movie sets for a few minutes, which didn’t last long. Ha!
Random archery practice place:
We went to this really beautiful ancient town that night.
And there, in the middle of it all, we found our much sought after “fish foot massages.” Hooray! (I had been sad we missed these in Cambodia.)
I really wish my internet worked well enough to upload the videos of them freaking out when they first dipped their toes in. I thought there was no way Lucy would go for it but she loved just chilling with those suckers cleaning her feet.
Poor Elle was sick as a dog and wasn’t up for sharing her feet with fish, poor girl.
A little “grocery store” on the way back to Kevin’s for our last dinner:
Saying goodbye to the most kind people who took such good care of us: