Monday, March 16, 2009

Made it to Guangzhou

Jackie, her cousin, and I made it to Guangzhou last night.

This morning the three of us went to a hospital where a few dozen girls were getting checked out for their coming visa interviews. It was surprisingly quick, only about two hours in total. We have to go back there pretty soon to get the results so we can take them to her interview Wednesday morning.

We don't have anything to do with the visa tomorrow. I don't we really have anything planned except shopping though. Although Guangzhou is one of the biggest cities in China, I don't think there are too many interesting things for a tourist to do.

For lunch today, we ate some "typical" Guangzhou food: seafood and vegetables, roasted chicken and pidgeon, and a couple other vegetable dishes.

I took a couple photos of the more interesting pieces of the meal:

Pigeon, including the head

Chicken head

Seeing all these bird heads around, I got curious about them. Jackie and her cousin assured me that eating its brain would help my brain. As you can see from this picture, the area just behind the eye had just been eaten by me.

I'm sure we'll continue to eat interesting food the rest of my time here. I'll be sure to snap a few more photos of what we consume.


Anonymous said...

Remember to try jelly fish and eel...

Anonymous said...

Also try the snakes and other animals to be had at the Qingping Market.

Thomas said...

Pardon my ignorance, but why does your fiance have to go to a hospital before taking a visa interview?

Mark said...

I'm not sure exactly, Thomas, but I'm pretty sure that it's to confirm that she's not pregnant, doesn't have AIDS, and is not schizophrenic.

She had to answer a couple funny questions for her psychological exam:

What is 92 minus 8?

Are you often sad?

Jackie's response to that question was, "Of course I get sad sometimes. It'd be unhealthy if I didn't."

The doctor then clarified and asked if she'd ever been sad for, say, two weeks straight.

Jackie said that she hadn't.

In total, she said her psychological exam took only about thirty seconds compared to the two or three minutes it took most of the other applicants she was waiting behind.

Anonymous said...

Pigeon looks good; maybe I'll catch some at my train stop.

I'm still waiting for a penis dish picture.

Arummmanis said...

i love chicken's brain. eat it all the time. i'm indonesian btw.