Sep 23 2011
Wushan Lu Night Market
I wanted to get this blog out quick as I had a very interesting night on Wednesday the 21st.
There are eight of us here and we do hang out a lot. I can usually be found with Alex exploring, aka walking, around Hangzhou or Shanghai. We are also know for our market trips and overall love of haggling. The three girls, Liv, Myra, and Anna, are also know to join the team. Somehow I have managed to acquire the nickname Mr. Bear and Alex is known as Koala Man for his deep devotion to Japanese Koala cookies.
On this particular night we made our second trip to the Wushan Lu Night market, Lu means road by the way, but do not get confused here, it is no longer on Wushan Lu. As always we had a blast, bought some gifts for people and had some amazing street food. This was my second experience with street food here, my first being an onion relish stuffed pita type pancake grilled inside an open oven. This time I found what looked like the Chinese version of a gyro. I was not disappointed! It was just darn tasty. I also found a potato pancake type item stuffed with onions, ground meat, and some veggy which an old lady deep fried. This too was absolutely amazing. Together this cost me $1.45, what a deal.
The Real Adventure Begins
We had six people with us so we had to take two cabs. Alex and I gave the first one to the girls and we patiently waited for a second one. So there we are, big Tim and small Alex, twiddling our thumbs with no empty taxi’s in sight. Have no fear, pedicabs are here though! Below is a picture of a manual pedicab, ours was powered by a very small Chinese man on an even small moped. Did I mention I am not a small person? Well I am not. Yet, this certain pedicab really wanted our fare. After arguing for a better price we SQUEEZED into this thing, Alex was a trooper. For about 15 minutes we sped through town, creaking, moaning, leaning, and with the fear of God in me. The cab driver felt the need to explain multiple times that I am a big guy, DUH! All the while weaving in and out of traffic.
After we get to our campus and climb out the driver is a little upset. He checks his cab for damages the big American might have caused then proceeded to scam us on the price, a whole other story. Long story short… Mr. Bear will never EVER ride in a pedicab.