Happy Chinese New Year!
Last year I celebrated this holiday with one of my Chinese friends and his family, but this year my friend stayed in Germany – where he lives with his newly wed German husband – in order to avoid some family fights and I ended up celebrating it with my foreign friends. We shared a steamy and spicy hotpot dinner, watched fireworks at the lake in the middle of Beijing – while learning that safety measures are highly overrated – and we ended the night in a bar.
For the last couple of weeks everything has been closed on campus, and for the last week also nearly everything in the rest of the city(/country). I kinda (aka big time) underestimated how much would be closed, so I didn’t stock up enough with food. Nice prep work. Obviously I’m not the only 老外 with this problem: you can see foreigners flocking together in search for food everywhere in the city. Today is the last day of the week-long national holiday, so tomorrow the entire country, including myself, will get back to work and everything will be like before.
Being so fed up with the Beijing winter, trying to escape my thesis and my lack of focus due to the lack of having a kitchen, made me book a trip to Vietnam last week. So in 12 days I will take a 34-hour train ride to Nanning, a Chinese city close to the border of Vietnam, where I will take a 7-hour bus ride to Hanoi in the north and from there I will have two weeks to eat my way through Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City in the south where I will take a plane back to Beijing. It will be one big foodporn-fest, can’t wait!
Pictures taken by Elmer Chen.