I seldom go out to eat now, but once in a while my husband would want to eat noodles or dumplings and we’d look for a place that serves them. In Jimei, only very few shops last more than a couple of years.
Early this year, a restaurant opened and he’s been back almost every month. It is called Shan Gan Ning (陕甘宁） in Jimei’s old main commercial street, Shigu Road （石鼓路).
The name is in reference to the two border region governments in the 1930s named after the three provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu and Ningxia.
It is quiet and looks clean. The young waiters/waitresses have always been polite, and most importantly, the food is good. (And I have not been sick from eating there.) Noodles are between 15 – 25RMB (2.5-3.5 USD).
Tasty, spicy noodles.
Yesterday I went out for a walk at about 5:15 in the morning. These days sunrise is usually around 5:30. As most of the students have already left for the summer, the campus was blissfully quiet when I walked around.
In the evening, I went out again after spending the whole day working on the computer. This time I went out of the campus. I took a picture of this new bridge that will replace the rickety temporary one that they put up after closing the old underpass, which I kind of miss because of the memory I have of the people who were always there during my first year here: the friendly fruit lady, and the old man who played the erhu, the melody of which echoed around the walls of the underpass and even above ground.
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As usual I walked to work. Today being the last day of the year, my tendency for musing is especially strong. As I walked, I looked up to the sky and saw birds and blue sky and white clouds, and the sun still rising. And I thought, a new day, and soon a new year. A new life. Here in Jimei.
Happy New Year!