…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:
What a fun adventure! Very cool town and experiences that your kids will remember forever.
And I'm so glad you found the fish foot massages- I hope to have that experiences at least once in my lifetime.
THAT is the China I've always wanted to see! I was so disappointed when we went to Shanghai and Beijing the first time because even though they are beautiful cities, they looked more like NYC than what you have posted here which was what I expected. I'd give anything to have been there by your side. Congrats to those great kids who used to be known as just a titch picky about what they eat! That meal looked fabulously strange (and delicious) and I'm sure they ate it without a whimper, even though it must have been hard for some of them. What a grand adventure. Having said that, I'm so sorry about the scooter hitting Lucy! I can't believe that woman just drove off with Lucy splattered on the ground! SO glad that she was okay! Wow, you never know what's around the corner. I can't imagine you squeezing in any more adventures, but we look forward to seeing your last big one if you ever get a minute between now and the chaos of finals and moving home! Good luck. Love to all!
So glad Lucy is okay! I imagine that was super scary to watch! And what wonderful life-changing experiences you're providing for your kids! Something they'll always treasure. 🙂
Poor Lucy! I'm glad she was fine!
Glad to hear Lucy is okay! and yay! for the fish massages. I was sad for you when you missed it in Cambodia.
Oh my! Poor Lucy!!! I can't believe that woman didn't at least check on poor sweet Lucy. Geez…so glad she's alright. Your kids rock for trying all that food. I couldn't do it! I have issues with textures. Yikes.
There's nothing better than local friends to make you discover the best things of a foreign country!! 🙂
And I'm relieved Lucy's accident wasn't to grave! 🙁 You all must have been very scared!
Looks like a nice trip you have there ..
Come to my place 🙂
And i'll show you around 😀
kisses from east java
Shawni, thank you so much for sharing all this day after day. I've loved it!! Merry Christmas and safe travels!
What a special treat! Merry Christmas!
I LOVE reading all of your posts! What a wild and amazing adventure you guys are having. Trying no to be so insanely jealous. There is no better gift you could give your family than this experience. Merry Christmas to you all!!!
I can't believe the adventure is almost over. 4 months is just a blip on the radar. Wow!
This was my favorite China post yet! Except for poor Lucy! That was one fast adventure. Four months is so short in the scheme of things. Merry Christmas, safe travels home, and thank you again for sharing.
I'm green with envy at the cultural experience you are giving your kids. I've got 4.5 years til my oldest graduates, and it's my goal to live out of the country for a few months!
I've loved reading your posts while in China! I lived in China for four months teaching English back in 2005 and your posts have taken me back there. I'm curious what the name of the town is that you went to in this post? It sounds very similar to where I lived and taught….a couple hours from Shanghai, near water with lots of seafood and near that place where they film movies!
Oh I see in the title you call is Elephant Mt….is that really the name?