It snowed today! Trenton and I woke up to snow flurries falling from the sky. I walked out onto my balcony and saw white roof tops and the park in the distance drizzled with a spritz of snowy magic. Part of me wanted to spend the day snuggled up inside, away from the cold, but Trenton had some errands to run around the city so we bundled up and headed out.
We have pretty much gotten the lay of the land around our apartment. We have explored all around, tried all sorts of restaurants, joined the local gym, and even met some locals who speak a bit of English. But today, we stepped out of our newly formed comfort zone, and took a cab to the mall which was a fifteen minute drive away.
Trenton needed some new workout gear so we went to Decathlon, which is essentially a Chinese version of Academy. Trenton picked out a handful of dry fit shirts- but when he tried them on- they looked so off! The seems weren’t asymmetrical and it was way too short- though the width fit him well. I couldn’t help but think- you can tell these are made in China! Have you ever ordered something online from China that looked really awesome and fairly cheap and once you received it you regretted buying it? Well that’s kinda how this store was. Everything looked awesome but there always seemed to be something wrong with each product. I even found some protein bars, but when I looked at the nutrition facts I saw that it had like 3 grams of protein per bar- which is hardly a protein bar. haha. So it was an interesting experience… It’s like you go some where and it looks so normal! It looks like it should be American standards, but then you look a little closer and it’s not.
Anyways, he needed the shirts so we decided shoddily made shirts were better than no shirts. We then headed to Dairy Queen. I know it’s wayyyy to cold to be eating ice cream, but both of us had been craving it so badly! We tried Chinese ice cream a few weeks ago but it wasn’t that great. So we went on a hike through the city to find it. After about a mile of walking, we entered another mall where the Dairy Queen was located.
There is literally SO many malls in Chengdu. Like every where I go I happen to find a mall. And half the time, the stores are empty! It’s like they just build malls for the sake of buildings malls. Apparently having a certain number of malls makes the country look better from the outside- like it makes China look like it’s doing super good economically and financially when in reality they have no need for all these malls.
We explored the mall, tried on some clothes (hence the mirror pic above! Chinese style is so extra, but it’s growing on me!) got some blizzards, and then headed outside to find a taxi to take us home. But no taxi came. We waited and waited… and had no idea where we were since we blindly followed our GPS to take us to the Dairy Queen. Thankfully, a young Asian guy and his girlfriend spotted us and asked if we needed some help. He was able to use an app on his phone and call us a cab- thank the Lord!! He said Asian people are really shy and often won’t talk to Westerners- which is why we weren’t able to get a cab to stop for us. The guy was so nice, and I’m pretty sure we’d still be out wandering the streets if it weren’t for him!
So that was our day. Sorry this post wasn’t all that exciting! I’m really tired from walking all day and my brain is fried from trying to learn mandarin all week. I think I’m going to go head down to the market now to get some apples because I am dying to have some apples and peanut butter! Have a great night- or day- depending on your part of the world!
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