SONYA’S HOUSE, CHINESE NEW YEARS: Day 155, Friday January 31 2014

Happy Chinese new years! We had more dumplings for breakfast. Sonya got the lucky dumpling. She’d put a milk candy in one instead of meat mix. She said it wasn’t very good! Sonya made sure we drank our dumpling water, as apparently it is good luck. Sonya’s house is very busy today, people keep going … More SONYA’S HOUSE, CHINESE NEW YEARS: Day 155, Friday January 31 2014

SONYA’S HOUSE, CHINESE NEW YEARS: Day 154, Thursday January 30 2014

It is Chinese new Years Eve and apparently festivities start tonight! Breakfast was cabbage, beans, and seaweed, along with our usual rice pudding. The beans were cooked in a soup broth only made once a year from the juices left over from cooking the new years feast. Today even Paige is busy, folding, folding, folding, … More SONYA’S HOUSE, CHINESE NEW YEARS: Day 154, Thursday January 30 2014

SONYA’S HOUSE: Day 153, Wednesday January 29 2014

There is a constant supply of hot water. A kettle is kept boiling on the stove all day long, the water poured and stored in large thermoses that keep it hot for long period of time. The table this morning was covered in red banners and pictures. We’re only two days away now from Chinese New Years, and all the … More SONYA’S HOUSE: Day 153, Wednesday January 29 2014

SONYA’S HOUSE: Day 152, Tuesday January 28 2014

Tea, tea, tea, food, food, food, there is barely a moment when something to eat or drink isn’t being thrust into our hands. Our bedroom is only separated from the dining room by an intricate wooden shelf with no backing, so it was impossible to sleep through a meal. We had rice noodles cooked with shrimp … More SONYA’S HOUSE: Day 152, Tuesday January 28 2014

SONYA’S HOUSE: Day 151, Monday January 27 2014

We are on an overcrowded bus to Tai An right now. I barely have elbow space to write. Nate is asleep beside me and if my shoulder wasn’t blocking him he’d probably roll right onto my lap. The isle is filled with baggage and every seat is taken. We are lucky as Sonya says sometimes on spring festival … More SONYA’S HOUSE: Day 151, Monday January 27 2014