I went to Metro today. It’s a major European supermarket that we are lucky enough to have in Xiamen. It took me an hour to get there, riding a bus from its second stop to its terminus, but was totally worth it. I knew this when I walked in and practically melted at the sight of Hanes brand underwear.
But that wasn’t all Metro had to offer me in my Western-deprived state. I bought a kilo of peanut butter, a few small French baguettes, a few blocks of various Land O Lake cheeses, Old El Paso tortillas and refried beans, and a box of Betty Crocker lemon poppyseed mix. Just to put things in perspective:
- 8 oz block of cheese = 30 kuai ($4.40)
- 6-pack of tortillas = 26 kuai ($3.80)
- 1-lb can of beans = 18 kuai ($2.60)
- Betty Crocker mix = 30 kuai ($4.40)
- 2 sticks of French butter = priceless
Back at home, I had lunch – an entire baguette, spread with my newly-purchased President brand butter. I had bought some inferior butter at Wal-Mart, but only tried it once before relegating it for cooking only. This stuff, though, was beyond amazing. It had been over 2 months since I had tasted butter, and my mouth was unprepared for the explosion of deliciousness that awaited it. Adjectives are still failing me, but trust me . . . it was mind-bogglingly good.
I had class this afternoon, hopefully my last in 一年下. I got my Listening midterm back in 听力 class – 82, which was definitely not as good as I was hoping for. The Evil One’s disappointment in my score, however, brought a small bit of happiness to my life. The knowledge that I never had to go back brought even more joy! I bought my new textbooks this afternoon, got the schedule from a friend, so I’m ready for my first day tomorrow!
I forgot to mention an important event in yesterday’s post. I met with a few Chinese friends to play cards! I was hoping to learn a Chinese game but I guess we’ll save that for next time. Instead, I taught them to play Group Solitaire. The game is played like normal solitaire but with the additional rule of playing on everyone else’s aces; whoever gets rid of their cards first wins. It’s the Holland family tradition, and we’ve been known to play with groups as large as 15.
It was a little hard at first, because two of them hadn’t ever played normal solitaire before, but they eventually got the hang of it.
Lastly, I have another weather update. In a word, things are crazy. There was a major cold front last week, including a low of 13°C (55 F) on November 3rd, which beat the previous record of 15°C in 2000. But since I got back from Ningde, it’s been bloody hot. According to the internet, we’ve had three days of record-breaking heat. 31, 29, and 31°C, breaking the records of 30, 28, and 30 from 2003, 1996, and 2004, respectively. I mean, this isn’t skin-melting hot or anything, but it’s mid-November; give me a break!!