Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weekend in Xiamen

It’s getting busier and busier at work. Summer is one of the busiest times – along with Christmas/Chinese New Year. Ironically, Memorial Day weekend is nothing special. It’s not technically summer yet and no one here cares about American vets. So I took some time off a little earlier than usual because it’s only going to get busier.

Ryan came to Hong Kong the last 2 times, so it was definitely my turn to go to him, but since it was a holiday weekend – at least to us – we decided to do something different. Instead of going to Fuzhou or him coming to Hong Kong, we went to Xiamen.

We went to Xiamen on our cruise last summer. Ryan hated it. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t all that impressed. What I liked the most about it was a small grocery store that had a surprisingly large selection of American items. These were actual American groceries made in America by American companies – not the “genuine” “made of America” things you see throughout China.

Ryan misses American food even more than I do – especially since I live in Hong Kong where I can get a wide variety of international food. He lives in Fuzhou where his non-Chinese options are limited. I convinced him to go back to Xiamen with the food.

I also told him that if he really hated it that much, we could just stay in the hotel all day naked. It was an empty compromise since I knew he could easily say he hated the city no matter what he really thought and he knew I was never going to spend the entire trip inside a hotel room.

Even though neither of us was all that impressed with Xiamen, I knew there had to be more to it than what we saw. We were only there while the shipped was docked – only about 9 hours. Since then, I’ve heard a few people say how much they like Xiamen and how much cleaner it is than most Chinese cities. I figured there must be something to it that we missed.

I went to see what else was there. We both went for the American grocery store.

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