We had a nice Saturday; here and Jack are in their natural habitat - playing Runescape with their friends back in America. Today John G., Chris V,Cody W. and Garrett K. were online so they had a good time Runescaping with them!
At 5am this morning they started putting up scaffolding all over our building to somehow beautify the outside (paint, etc.). They took all of the air conditioning units off of the outside of the building, so we have no heat or air for the next 40 days! We went and bought warm clothes and long johns today in preparation!
Sue, Sophie and I went to the bookstore this morning to look for cookbooks and other reading material. It was a gorgeous day, though a little cool this morning. This is one of the many canals that run through the city.
Sue found this nice Shel Silverstein book in Chinese...
... and look at all of the bookworms in the aisles!
These two (blind??) characters were outside of the bookstore playing their instruments for coins. They sounded pretty good!
And here is Sue with Sophie, proudly displaying her brand new PINK bike! She thinks that maybe the pink color will deter thieves. I think the child seat is more likely to deter them!
... more scaffolding around the entranceway to our building. Amazing to have seen them put all of this up in one day!
Many items are delivered on bicycle; water, propane, recyclables, building products and much more. We've seen everything imaginable being carted around by pedals!
Jack is picking out items for his soup - quail eggs, cilantro, mushrooms, noodles, and spices. They were cooked up into a soup and he ate them with zeal!
Here are the boys on the street after shopping for clothes; Jack is sporting his new sweatshirt which he really likes.
The boys both needed haircuts so we stopped by and they each had a haircut with shampooing for a total of US $4!
Sophie hung out and waited and was served a lollipop by the staff which she heartily enjoyed!
Jack and Peter after shampooing; waiting for their respective stylists...
They cut Jack's hair into a mohawk before they cut it short. Cute!
Sue put Peter's hair into a mohawk while it was wet. It was so long that it was quite a big one!
Tonight we met some new friends for dinner after a hectic day of clothes shopping and haircuts. Our friend Aaron has been here for 4 years, and Joyce, who's a Chinese girl from Wuhan, the same city that Sophie came from! It was sure fun to hear about their lives here in Hangzhou and they're going to help us find other US families with kids that live here!