We finally got to wake up late... and do whatever we wanted the whole entire day. Mah-jong is actually pretty addicting, and I won a total of six games that day! I enjoyed that day because I didn't feel like I had to pay attention to the time. Sabrina and I went on a bike ride that afternoon, and I kept stopping to take photos of farmers and the lake. The road was smooth, so it wasn't that strenuous. I said 'ni hao' to about ten people, and they waved and said hi back. The people all seemed friendly, and it made me smile to see that they didn't stare like we were weird, but nodded and replied to our greeting. In Shanghai, I notice that people kept to themselves in their little 'bubble', but here, the farmers and other bikers were welcoming and warm. I guess that because it's a smaller village, that people know each other and are used to people giving greetings. We do want to take this path when we bike again, because it gives off an atmosphere of relaxation and natural beauty. Maybe next time, we'll park our bikes on the side of the road and tread through the stones to stand right by the lake.
It's been a complete week since we've arrived here. Yeah, only a week, and it already feels like a second home. I know how to navigate the Linden Center completely, despite my lack of direction skills, and I'm getting used to Yang's guesthouse. I've been to the square and back, and tried a multitude of new foods. This place seems more familiar, and I've grown used to the view of bean fields and how the weather changes from morning to midday to night. It varies as much as 9˚C to 23˚C. Another random note marking the end of this blog post: I tried the beans in the bean field; they're lima beans, but look like huge edamame (soybeans) in their shells. It was cooked sort of like Japanese edamame too, and tasted awesome. Other variations of the beanfield beans I ate were fried beans and buttered beans.