Today was a day of leisure, and today was the first time I ever had my own personal business card.
In Chinese and in English!
I decided I needed this because I always found myself scribbling on little pieces of paper whenever I had taken someone’s picture.
You wonder what I have done to my fingernails on the picture above?
Well, the hands on the photograph are obviously not mine.
They belong to my new friend Jiang Hua 姜华.
She had a day off from college today and decided to take me out to play.
On this picture she’s holding up a pencil that we won in a gaming hall playing shuffle puck.
I was a bit confused though: so the undisputed king of shuffle puck comes and plays and wins and dominates several games – and all we get is a pencil?
And how can we obtain a pencil-sharpener now?
Well, it was fun anyway.
We didn’t only play games though, we also looked at other people play.
It was cold and it was windy.
In spite of the glacial temperatures and probably because of the arctic gale, some old guys had decided that today was the perfect day to go outside and take their kites for a spin.
We found them on a public square.
Most of them had apparently made their kites by hand.
I talked to one of them, and I found out that this was what they liked to do when it was not cold and windy outside: stay at home and build their kites.
I wondered what was more fun: build or fly.
Some of the kites were made of more than 30 sections of a bamboo structure and paper.
I was totally awe-struck.
And I started to wonder: would I ever be able to build my own kite and fly it when I was old?
Oh, lest I forget: Baoding is renown for its donkey meat dishes.
I am not sure if everybody outside of China is aware of this fact, at least I wasn’t.
There was no harm in trying, so Jiang Hua and I ordered a dish of donkey meat.
To be honest, it looked and tasted like any other meat to me – it could have been horse meat, and I thought it might have very possibly been a hinny or a mule, I would never be able to tell.
It was fun though, because everybody seemed to be so proud of Baoding donkey meat.
Oh, right! Today was the last day for me here.
It’s been almost a week now that I have been staying in this town, and I am eager to continue walking.
The wide angle lens isn’t going to get ready by then, but I want to keep moving anyway.