kids & apples & the gift of pain

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Today was a warm day – what am I saying – a hot day! So hot indeed I first took off my jacket, then my sweater, then my shirt, and at some point around noon I was laying down taking a siesta under an apple tree, trying to get a tan. As sexy as bearded smelly men can get!

But before that, I had to make it out of the little village I was staying at:

village in Shaanxi

I had to walk past the apple trees and the peach trees:

field

I cut through on a path like this once, but it only led to confusion and the siesta.

During the rest of the day, I just stuck to the road:

country road

People seemed very friendly and outgoing here. I had a fun time with some folks in a little village:

villagers

They asked many questions, and they were into apples:

apples

I too received my share of apples as a friendly gift.

Then I saw my first blossoming tree this year:

blossoms

Hundreds of humming honeybees bathing in the sweet scent of summer. How can I describe it?

I got back on the highway after a while:

dog

And it was on the roadside next to the highway that I found this beauty:

gunship

Remember I had shown you a party-vehicle just like this one on New Year’s Day (more than numbers)?

Well, I think this mother is even more awe-abiding than that one.

Oh, and here’s another awe-abiding thing:

biangbiangmian

Can anybody tell me what this character is supposed to mean? WTF, this is like a 50+ stroke monster – it just can’t be real, for Confucius’ sake!

Hehe, I’m thinking, maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I just haven’t done enough of what this little friend is doing:

homework

Or this one:

table

Well, I always have an excuse: I am a grown-up. I don’t have time to look at books. I have to take pictures:

girl

And more pictures:

boy

And more pictures:

shy kid

Sometimes I even take pictures of pictures:

praying kid

And given that sometimes I can make out the characters, I just might take a picture of the writing on the wall if I feel like it:

wall

“dangerous area – keep your distance! 此地危险-行人远离!”

Little did I know that the real “dangerous area” was in fact not anywhere near this wall. Not even close.

It was here, right in the place I was planning on staying for the night:

exercise

See, I hadn’t even taken notice of the fact that my hotel for the night was equipped with a professional massage parlor (not the funny kind with the flashy lights and the soft carpets), but then the manager thought I looked so miserable when I walked in that he decided to treat me to a nice traditional foot massage.

Pain.



  • Regine Bonfert

    Lieber Christoph,
    du machst wunderbare Fotos, die von den Kindern sind diesmal besonders schön. Toll, dass deine Füße jetzt wieder mitmachen. Inzwischen hast du schon mehr als ein Zehntel deiner Strecke nach Bad Nenndorf geschafft.
    Keep on walking! RB

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  • wuhsi

    hey sipf,

    schön das Deine gute Laune wieder kommt! Hier bei uns ist es zurzeit eine Katastrophe, der erste Schnee dieses Jahr!!! Wenn das Wetter bei Dir morgen auch so toll ist, dann mach doch mal ein Video, wie Du trällernd Richtung Heimat hoppelst.

    Einen Guten Tag noch,

    aber eins noch: kann es sein, das die nette Masseuse ein wenig skeptisch beim Anblick Deiner schrumpligen Füße dreinblickt?

    wuhsi

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  • Marc

    Hey Wuh,

    ich denke die Füsse sind nicht das einzige schrumplige !!! 😉

    Sipf: Gut zu sehen das es Dir besser geht….

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  • Birgit

    Lieber Christoph,

    wirklich schöne Bilder- sagmal bekommst Du irgendetwas von den Unruhen in Tibet mit ? wahrscheinlich nicht- ist ja eine andere Welt…

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  • Becci

    oohhh, die beiden kleinen jungs sind soooo niedlich!

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  • Christoph

    Regine Bonfert: Hehe, die 15.000km sind auch nur grob geschätzt!
    wuhsi: Ok, ich mach die Tage mal ein Video.
    Marc: Zurück zum alten hämischen Tonfall? 😉
    kev: 那个不是汉字,而是他们公司自己编的吧?
    Birgit: Kriege hier wenig mit.
    Becci: Ja, ne?

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  • kev

    Biang,读第二声,象声词,不为中国官方认可汉字,《康熙字典》里有收录。
    其读音汉语中无,乃象声词,谓用力扯面中面条击打案板之声。
    参考:http://baike.baidu.com/view/111654.htm
    *********************
    所以说,这个字不是他们的独创,而算是一种有地方特色的民俗,当然啦,它是汉字。
    其实说起来,中国不同的省份,都有自己的方言,相应地,就会有和方言对应的文字(当然啦,这还是汉字,但它只在当地范围内才有应用,到了其他方言统治的地区,就没人用了)。像这个Biang字,就是陕西话中才有的,其他地方的方言没有这个音,也没有这个字。比如北京、辽宁、浙江、广东、四川等地,也都有各自的方言,也有相对应的文字,尤其是广东。粤语当中有很多字只在当地才通行,也只有当地人才认识。
    这些也是我的个人理解,不过我想应该没说错:)希望没有把你说糊涂……

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  • Steven

    很多在广东活里面的用字, 国语里面是完全没有的!

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  • Christoph

    kev & steven: 类似于他们这理论上会说“俺”, 对吧?就是一种方言。反正那个biang字还是太可怕了吧,那个有多少个笔画??

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  • Rindy

    那里面是一小碗一小碗的, 一口一碗

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  • Christoph

    那里面相当恐怖!!

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  • david lee

    那两个字叫biangbiang,据说是中国汉字笔画最多的两个,还有一个顺口溜,上次导游说过,太长了不记得了,呵呵

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  • kev

    “biang”字是中国笔画最多的字,达52画。
    来源:http://baike.baidu.com/view/111654.htm

    你说得对。“俺”也是方言,不过这个称呼的适用范围比较广,北到东北,南到河南、,东至山东,西至甘肃,都有人用这个字来称呼自己。不过,“俺”在农村地区用的比较多,城市里一般都说“我”。
    所以说,“俺”这个字可以确定一个人的生活地区:)

    另外,我记得你在这篇日志之前,贴过一张照片,一大碗宽面条。这个东西应该就是叫做“biangbiang面”。

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  • Christoph

    david lee & kev: 我害怕那个biang字,不过反正那个面食我还是要吃哈!。。。把面条吃光了可以说等于征服了biang字?

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  • kev

    Christoph :
    我想应该是吧~我觉得西方人学汉字挺难的,因为你们的母语都是字母。
    就像我看到日文一样,满眼都是鬼画符……

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