After a long day of work I decided to hit up my favorite noodle restaurant. On my way I stopped by my apartment to drop off my work bag. Hearing the fireworks blast and boom outside reminded me to grab my camera. Like I’ve said before, everything in China is a picture opportunity.
I took my usual route to the noodle restaurant. On my way I passed family after family lighting off fireworks. I skipped taking pictures. I was starving and wanted to get to the restaurant before it closed. I arrived at the noodle restaurant and noticed it was pretty empty. People with suitcases sat at one side of the restaurant. I walked in and asked for a table, only to be told they were closed. Noooo!! These noodles are so delicious. I’ve been craving them since the start of Spring Festival. Argh!
I walked back to my apartment snapping pictures. White lights wrapped around trees illuminating the sidewalks. Rows of red lanterns hung in the trees, giving the streets a holiday feel. I also snapped a picture of a customized VW Jetta. This car had a sweet dragon decal, body kit, rims and a spoiler. Too Fast Too Furious: Made in China.
On my way home I made a few stops. I splurged on a pack of firecrackers (I’ll blog more about this), then stopped at two of my favorite places. I purchase my fruit at a small, family owned fruit store. They have the best fruit, and some of it I’ve never seen in America. I bought four apples, three pears and a Snickers bar for only 21 RMB, or $3. Outside the fruit stand the family lit off fireworks. They have a boy who is roughly seven or eight years old. He squatted over the fireworks, struggling to get the lighter to work. His dad and grandpa kept encouraging him to try again. As soon as that sparkling tank lit, he booked it!
I made my final stop at my favorite restaurant. I ordered my usual dishes to go. As I waited for my food to be prepared I snapped some pictures and made small talk with the waitresses. I think they’re starting to know me, I eat there once a week! The restaurant has a giant fish tank. When you order fish they take it from the tank, weigh it and kill it right there. Talk about fresh. I thought the old fish scale would make for an interesting photo. Before putting my camera away I snapped one more picture of the exterior of the restaurant.
That is my typical Saturday night in Beijing. I would like to go out more, but it’s no fun to go out by yourself. Taking pictures and doing yoga is probably better anyway. So where am I right now? I’m sitting in bed trying to sleep, but it’s hard with fireworks still blasting and booming. Awesome.