Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine Day Sunday

We started the day out walking to the subway headed for an American style breakfast at a place called Grandma's Kitchen but it was closed for the holiday so we just had something at Starbucks and then went to church. TJ met us at the station and took us to his church. It is at a big hotel auditorium. We had to show our passports to get in since it is not for Chinese citizens. We had a good time and after TJ showed us a good Italian place to eat. We got a little turned around but finally found it and had a great late lunch. Suzanne had spaghetti bolognaise and we had spaghetti carbonara. We have been doing a lot of walking in the last few days and some holding the baby and although my legs may be stronger, I still don't think I have lost much weight. It probably has something to do with eating spaghetti carbonara three of the last four days. We went next door to the restruant to a store called Jennit Lou's which has many of the things from home that we can't find in a Chinese store. We needed tiolet tissue; always handy when out walking and need to use a public bombsight that has no tissue; and some more water; which we use on anything that goes into our mouths (baby bottles, toothbrushes, drinking, etc.). We also picked up some cocoa rice cereal and a rootbeer for Suzanne. She says she doesn't like this brand of rootbeer so I guess I won't have to worry about paying the higher price for that again. The cereal was a cheaper brand for only about $3.50 US currency but the soda was around $2 for one can. I took this picture looking across the street from the store waiting for a taxi to take us back to the hotel since we had groceries and were tired of walking. I don't know for sure what it is, maybe an entrance to a fancy hotel. It cost $0.30 US per person to ride the subway one time including transfers. Buses are half that much but it is hard to figure out which bus is which for us right now. The taxi ride home was almost $4.50 US.

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