05.20.2010 - 05.20.2010 78 °F
It's my final day in Guangzhou and we celebrated by going out to lunch with the family. The restaurant was very nice and could accommodate large crowds. But, due to the rain, most people were staying home. The food was excellent; probably the best I have had in China so far. There was steamed fish, light and crispy fried shrimp served in a nest of lemon grass, freshwater clams in black bean sauce, steamed gai lan vegetables, rice, and freshly cut papaya. During our meal there was a huge torrential downpour outside. The rain was very loud and drowned out all sounds in the restaurant. Kinda neat.
By the time we finished our lunch, the rain had stopped. Ada's brother reached in his car and presented a bird to his mother. The bird was the size of a crow, had black and brown feathers and long brown tail feathers. Its feet were tied together with string. I thought, "how cool, a bird". Found out this was a bird to be made into soup. I asked if I could hold it during the ride back home. It seemed so quiet and tame. I was petting its feathers and it just sat there and looked at me. Ada said to keep it away from Lucas because it could poke out an eye. "How ridiculous," I thought... not from this peaceful creature, I wanted to set it free.... until... B I T E. That cute bird chomped my finger with its raptor shaped beak and locked-on for what seemed eternity. My other hand was busy holding its feet so I couldn't do anything but scream at it. Everyone in the car was laughing so hard. It finally let go and I gave it a good finger-flick on the head. That was a learning experience.
So, later that afternoon Ada and I took one last scooter ride around the area. I showed her the abandoned buildings I found a few weeks earlier. After that, we went to the river by the airport runway to watch people fishing. Later, we stopped at a village market to buy some fresh vegetables, then returned home.
We went on the roof to check out the view. You could see the neighbor's houses, the fish ponds, rice fields, roads and green lychee trees that continued to the hills and beyond... I will miss this place.