4 1/2 days in Beijing, we've become regulars in a few food stops. One of them is a muslim diner around the corner. Sharle first introduced it to us and we've been going there for breakfast ever since. We leave with full tummies on an average of under $10.
It seems people often look or react to us because
1. We look Chinese but do not act so... so are they Chinese?
2. We speak English
3. We have 4 kids
4. Our kids are not in school
We are meeting some very friendly and kind folks along the way. If you were to ask us who stands out...
Lucy : The man who sings a lot at the Islamic restaurant. He's so nice + Sharle!
Eli : The lady who rented us the home + the man selling food that guessed mommy was from Malaysia.
Alvin : Sharle!, Sebastian, Wendy, Mr. Tzang (taxi driver), the Guangzhou guy who spoke Cantonese with us on the bus to the Great wall, the man at the Xian restaurant who introduced new foods to us, so many...
Myka : The man at the restaurant - he's so happy! and Sharle.
Emma : Sharle for sure! The old man at the Islamic restaurant - he keeps saying "Ca-na-da!", Sebastian, the girl who sold the buns, the girl who studies photography and met us on the street, the two girls from Tianjin who also stayed at the dormitory, Mr Zhang - the taxi driver going to the Great Wall, the lady at the supermarket who was so patient and said, "Welcome to China!", our host here in Xian, WangYen.
Clara : So many! Even the hard-to-read taxi driver in Xian who hardly cracked a smile. Many are kind and patient. Some are just amused and curious but it makes me happy to connect with locals and passerbys even for a short time.
What makes my heart sing is speaking Mandarin. I am surprised at how it's coming out of me as it's been dormant for so many years.... 30! It's still a guessing game as i'm not fluent or exact so i do make a fool of myself often but it's all good.
Because we sleep and wake early. The kids are often spending time near the window of our room. The views are great and the sounds are of the traffic below.
You may already have heard us repeat Sharle's name a number of times. We really enjoyed staying at her Airbnb. She went out of her way to connect us to her friends and made our visit so much smoother. She even came out to the subway with us when we left! Thanks Dear Sharle!