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On the road again

Apparently I'm the same height as an extended tripod. Nate figured this out and now,sometimes before I know it, there's a camera on my head. He takes a steady picture while I hold my breath. I know we look a little strange, but I think it's a good idea. We've been on the go so much lately- planes, trains, and automobiles- that it's practical. In just under two weeks, we've travelled from Beijing to Nanjing to Shanghai to Xiamen and now to the Hakka village of Yongding. Nate biked in this Hakka region of China last year and chose to have us return because of its extraordinary architecture and great food.

Getting to Yongding in itself was an adventure. We rode on a bus to a town in the mountains and then hitched on the back of a motorcycle the rest of the way. All along the road there was a fruit called Yangmei set out to dry. Its sour flavor mixed with the salt sprinkled on top was very refreshing and made me curious to see what other odd fruits and dishes awaited us in Yongding.

The Hakka minority that live here live in clans within large, round building made of earth. These "Tulou," or earth buildings, have withstood the test of time, some dating back to the 13th century. During Nate's last visit, he made friends with a local chef and his family. We hope to get a cooking lesson at his restaurant this week.


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Wow....your summer sounds like it is going to be really exciting. Its pretty cool to read about the place and people you get to visit. By the way did you get that university shirt you wanted?
June 11, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSkinner
June 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterkrista
MK: Fiction writing is creeping into your blog!! You said that you had HITCH HIKED on the back of a MOTORCYCLE. And you wouldn't REALLY do that because it would be unsafe.......right?
June 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMail Parental Unit
wow you guys are busy!! any "differences of opinion" on what to do and see as of yet?-K.M.
June 14, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterkaren
Yangmei looks tasty. While you're there, if you find a fruit that looks like a small eggplant and has a flowery white center inside that you eat, can you smuggle in a big batch past U.S. customs for me? Really, that'd be great. My trip to Vietnam has introduced me to my new favorite fruit...
June 28, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterViet
...in retrospect, I shouldn't have posted the words "smuggle" and "U.S. customs" in the same sentence for the entire online world to see. I might get in trouble.
June 28, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterViet
i need my china fix. you guys seriously need to update.
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