Thursday, October 16, 2008

Part II – Friday night

After the wedding, both Mark and I were hungry as the food disappeared quite quickly, so we decided to find some food.

It was about 10pm at this point, and Mark suggested the market. What a great idea! By now, everyone knows that we really enjoy strolling through the market during the day, but in the evening, the market becomes a culinary delight, and we enjoy it just the same, if not more.

It's amazing how busy that market is in the evening with people of all ages enjoying their meals.

As we wandered down through the market watching everyone prepare food, eating and drinking, we came upon one vendor that looked like he may have what we wanted.

By this point every Chinese in the market, just looked at us, as if we just landed from another planet. Typically we get looks during the day from the locals, but at night, it’s a whole different ball game. They don’t get foreigners walking through the market at that time of night, let alone sitting and eating. If they are lucky to spot one our species, we are generally with other local Chinese, so needless to say we made many friends that night curious as to why we are there, and where we hail from.

Mark went and picked out some food and 20 minutes later we dined on chicken, octopus, and a host of grilled vegetables. It was damn tasty and still one of our favorite places to eat in Xiamen.

After three baskets of food, and many conversations later, we headed home. We were walking back and one table full of Chinese men offered us more food and beer. We stopped and chatted with them for awhile, and had some food, and we continued on our way.

A few of the vendors wanted their pictures taken as well as some young Chinese men. We took the photos and Mark promised to send them the pictures.

The next day, Mark sent off the photos as promised to the young men.

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