The five educators in this program were put into two groups this morning and went around parts of Kunming to gather information and sample local cultures. I went with Kabe and Feances. Some of our tasks involved eating: dou hua mi xian for breakfast and local tea hunt;
others involve asking locals for information such as Kunming dialect and a baby’s name. The best part for me was to actually stroll around the campus is Yunnan University, a place that my father once was and something only existed in my memory from reading Lu Qiao’s novel. (The title escaped me for now but I will find it soon.)
Lunch was Muslim special food. I got beef with thinly sliced squash pieces. Spicy, of course.
We did a lot of course work today: both on risk management for our own travels and for when we bring a group of students on such journeys and on the design and execution of scavenger hunts as a way to familiarize oneself and the group to the place we stay at.
Dinner was an amazing unlimited refillable vegetarian meal. At $5.00 USD per person we had more than ten dishes to eat and to refill whenever one dish is finished by the group. I got to eat to my heart’s content millet congee with white sugar and pumpkin. The white cabbage was especially yummy and the mimic bacon made with hard dou fu and cumin was equally delicious.