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avant-garde_chauvintist wandering through the garden of ideals

One week in (day 7)

CHINA | Friday, 11 July 2008 | Views [691]

Tonight, I had conflicted interests.  I spent the day wandering around a lovely restored part of town called Ping Jiang (Peace River) and the Couple's Garden (a classical Chinese garden).  It started to rain, so I planted myself in a coffee shop for hours reading an on-hand book about Vietnamese history and drinking a rather unimpressive iced mocha. 

When I realized I was hungry, I set out in the rain to find a famous pedestrian street that had been eluding me.  I randomly turned down the right street and found it almost instantly.  And here's where my dilemma found me.

I wanted a cheap dinner -- four kuai, noodles, fried.  I wanted a nice atmosphere -- dim lighting, soft talking, moody music.  I wanted a martini -- dirty, vodka.

These are three things that mix as well as Chinese and Japanese.  A fear of heights and flights.  High culture and pop culture. 

Eventually, I let my desires favor my wallet and went for the cheap Chinese.  I guess I only have a few more days to enjoy it.  And I'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy over-priced, adult, vodka based beverages...


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