How could I forget to mention the Taiwanese Food market we went for dinner on the second night in Xiamen??!! It had a massive range of street food like I’d never seen before!
Like a fruit market in the UK, sellers shout to the public to buy their food – but here they get given a microphone and speakers so all you hear as you walk around is people yelling in Chinese, as if they don’t talk loud enough anyways! 🙂 The first thing I tried was a sausage stuffed with another sausage and rice. Bizarre but strangly good. Then I had a selection of meats on a stick – chicken wings, pork, lamb, squid! Kerrie and Dongdong had some fried milk and lobster Pancakes.
On the Sunday, we all went for a wonder around the local beach and I once again found lots of bridal photoshoots! I like the extremes they go to for a glamorous picture for their walls or the fact that the groom is just an add-on whilst the bride vogues for the camera. It’s clearly all about the bride and to give them credit they all do look really beautiful. Most Chinese couples around China are very fascinating, I had heard about asian couples dressing the same on honeymoon but here I see it all the time, there’s even shops where you can specifically shop for your matching attire (and you can even go the extra miles and buy the same outfit for you child). It makes a huge ‘we are in a relationship’ ststei. I can’t help but chuckle to myself every time I passed one of these couples! I wasn’t weird enough to take their photo but here’s a few store examples.
But even the ‘romantic’ advertising here makes me cringe. My favourite one was this for an engagement ring store – echoing that if you buy your ring from here, you will be grow old together. Also, just in case you’re still not sold, the ring is shaped like an upside down Eiffel tower in case you didn’t think the whole lack was portraying everlasting love enough. And the shop you can buy it from is called ‘I Do’. I appreciate the over the top sentiment, selling the over the top ideology of love. Maybe I could do marketing over here.
Moving on from my anti-relationship rant… That day the beach we took a few happy snaps then wondered over to a cute little street market of shops, cafés and food stalls.
On my last day with Kerrie, took me to an absolute winner of a café. She took me to Central Perk based on the TV series Friends! Why this is here I will never know!
The best thing about this place was that you could sit and watch Friends episodes back to back – as you do whilst travelling. 😉 We must have watched 6/7 episodes of series one – I know this isn’t embracing Chinese culture but travellers need breaks too and they had the giant orange sofa!
My final days in Xiamen with Kerrie were exacly what I needed. I was able to relax, read up on Vietnam and spend some quality time with Kerrie. Reflecting on my time here I do like this city a lot. It has the potential to be as big as the better known cities around China so I’m sure we’ll hear more about it in years to come.
In the week I was there I felt like I knew the area quite well and I felt good leaving knowing that Kerrie would be and is ok – she was fine before, but I now have a clear picture in my head now of the life she has – it’s safe, picturesque and filled with lovely people. It’s a scary move to leave friends, family, everything behind in the UK and come to China to teach – but she’s done it, she’s embraced it and she found love.
Thanks for having me Kerrie (I hope you get a chance to read this blog when you’re back in the UK where blogs are allowed.)