I just got back from a day in Luzhi Ancient Water Town. This morning, about 10 other teachers and I took a 2 hour bus ride to the ancient water town called Luzhi. i suppose you could say it was sort of like the Venice of China (but a lot more dirty and a lot cheaper). There were no other foreigners in the town, and certainly no other blondes in the town, so I was quite the celebrity today. no other teachers who came on the trip had blonde hair, so I think I kind of stole the show today. The entire village swarmed around me and lined up for photos. I had a line going for pictures for at least 2 hours. They just kept coming and coming! I think they thought I was Britney Spears. And when they realized I could speak to them in Chinese...(pardon my French, but...) THEY LOST THEIR SHIT!!!! They were completely amazed and wanted my autographs and interviews. it was pretty unreal. I definitely had a nice ego boost today :) The other teachers on the trip were at least happy they were famous by association. My friends will now not stop calling me Britney and i gave everyone a good show today. My autographs and photo shoots lasted most of the day spent in the water town, and I am sure I gave everyone in the town something to talk about for the next few weeks. Oh yeah, and when I lifted up my sunglasses and they saw I had blue eyes, they really lost it. Someone even asked me if they could touch my eye (obviously I told them no).
The town was pretty charming, but super Chinesey. lots of "stinky tofu" - stinky tofu is street tofu that smells like poop from a mile away, but supposedly it tastes delicious. I can't bring myself to try it because the stench is just unbearable. There were stalls upon stalls of all kinds of street foods: crabs, turtles, rice balls, etc. I tried a few funky looking desserts and a scallion and egg pancake type-thing.
We had lots of fun just roaming the narrow streets. After a few hours, my friend nick and I took a tea break and watched some Chinese men play cards. I was about to join them because I was familiar with the game they were playing, but when they started hacking spit balls, I decided maybe another time.
Below are some shots from my day of fame as well as the streets of Luzhi. Enjoy!