This past week-end, I got to visit our friend and foreign affair worker's new house. (Number 11 on my "To Do List.") We had a very memorable time. One of our Chinese friends also got invited to her house, and I think in hindsight, that helped to balance the time for everyone. (i.e. when people didn't want to speak a foreign language, they could comfortably talk to another native speaker.) Our friend picked us up from the bus stop at about 3:30 in her husband's car (he was working the entire time). We first toured her apartment... then went on a lovely, leisurely stroll outside to see the neighborhood.
This is her bedroom. It's quite common to put large, framed wedding photos up around your apartment in China. Usually I can't recognize my friends in their wedding photos because of all the make-up and wigs.
This is her living room. It's nice and spacious. Amber and i are playing baseball on Fei's wii; I'm pitching and Amber's batting; she struck out. Also, notice more wedding photos on the far wall.
Our friend was a great hostess, preparing us traditional tea serving us a delicious fruit salad that even included star fruit and mayonnaise for dipping. Yummy!
The photos below is a space similar to a 3 season room or a porch. On their porch, they have a majong table, a traditional Chinese game played with four players, domino like playing pieces, and dice. And sometimes majong involves "small" cash.
A lot of the apartment complexes in her neighborhood looked a bit like Hollywood. We joked about how we felt like we were famous walking around among all the nice apartments.