Morning Breakfast with Mr.Wong Wei and a side of Afternoon Buddha - Luoyang, China
Luoyang had been very different than Xian because, every morning we hear a knock on our door and a loud "KAYE!" ( pronounced/Ga-yee but with a mandarin accent. ) So then, Kaye ( my mother ) wakes up and unlocks the door.
Next thing you know, our kitchen is filled the sound of mandarin conversation and cooking veggies We all wake up suddenly, having our host prepare for us a meal that looks like the sort of stuff you would eat for supper. I didn't object, there was rice so i was happy. So spent the next six days waking up to a friendly Chinese man cooking us big supper meals for breakfast. If you needed to know where Mr. Wong Wei would be, you'd hear a loud "KAYE!" And your question would be solved.
We didn't just spend our days eating Mr.Wong Wei's food in Luoyang, we visited some grottoes about 45 minutes outside of the city. Some of the grottoes stated back to around 400AD. Some Buddha can be the size of your pinkie!! But there are also some very large Buddhas that are at least 57ft tall. They all wear a sort of expression that appears that they have fermented tofu under their noses. Where i am right now, the specialty is unfortunately, fermented tofu. They basically grow mold on the tofu making it smell like rotten cheese and salty mole rats. Sorry to those who like smelly tofu and find it enjoyable.
To sum it up, these Buddhas are ancient. Like over 1500 years old and it's pretty amazing how symmetrical their faces are. I mean, who has the time to switch your old ancient ladder from one side of your 14 foot wide face to another. From comparing smoothness of skin, to making the same measurements, while teetering on a 57ft tall ladder. Certainly not me.
In Luoyang, we mostly stayed at home doing school work, in the late afternoon we went out, walked and returned home with bags of food in our arms. Later through our 6 day stay, we visited this Luoyang museum and learned a bit about Luoyang history. Luckily, most of the writing was in Chinese, so we didn't need to read about around 40% of the artifacts! And we were able to strike a few inspirational poses for our arts and drama class.
Luoyang was a nice spot to rest and to recompose yourself and we visited a few museums! Yay! So my next blog will have a little of the more MODERN part of China. And also the best day of the year.
Hint : In October
P.S. Hint : October 15th