Friday, March 21, 2008

Biking the Su Causeway

One of our favorite things to do is to get on the bikes and go ride around the West Lake area, especially the Su Di (Su Causeway) that crosses the northwest side of the lake.

Our bikes are locked up outside, and they're getting pretty rusted after a whole winter exposed to the elements.  It makes them that much less desirable to would-be bike snatchers!  My bike is so squeaky!  This however is a safety feature, I've decided, because everyone knows when I'm coming down the road!

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On the Su Causeway with new growth on the willow trees.  On this part of the causeway there aren't many foreigners so we were gawked at quite a bit - especially Jack with his blonde hair!
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Taking a breather after speeding around crowds of people...
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The brothers attracted a crowd while they lounged on this viewing bench.  It gave me a chance to practice my Chinese!  Free Chinese lessons!
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Whew!  We made it to the fish pond at the end of the causeway, where we bought several bags of popcorn to feed to the giant goldfish.
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Peter and Jack did a "1... 2... 3.. !" and simultaneously dumped 2 bags of popcorn into the water, much to the crowd's delight.  Many Chinese people came up to them and tried to ask them questions in Chinese.

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We had a lovely night tonight - Sophie went to a friend's house, the boys stayed home alone, and Sue and I went out to a nice French restaurant for dinner - just to two of us!  I think that's been our first "date" in China - what a treat to be able to finish a meal (and a sentence) in peace!

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