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Sanbu in Chinese means to "go for a walk." We decided today would be a great day to just walk around, snap some pictures (paizhao) and chat with folks in Yangshuo. It's been a busy week and a half in China. It seems like we've done so much.

Tim and Maite had their own plans today, and the arrangement was to split up. They do their thing and we do ours. We are not tired of each other or anything...and we want to keep it that way. So we decided that Sunday would be the day we'd do stuff separately. Even if we saw each other (which is hard not to do when you're staying in the same hotel) we would NOT to communicate.

I will confess that I saw them in the restaurant downstairs and I forgot and said: "Hi." I hope THAT was okay. And they did invite me to look at their pictures, and so I sat down. I actually sat down next to Tim while viewing their images. And I feel so badly about it. Ruth saw me confabulating with them and gave me a vexed look. But I soon mended my ways and left their table. I didn't even shake their hand or hug them goodbye.

And so we went sanbu-ing. Here we are sanbu-ing among the doushou (itinerant vendors, peddlers). We found a group of Chinese students that wanted us to be in their picture. We'd never met them before but they insisted that we pose with them. They wanted a big nose guy in the frame I think. So we posed with the Yangshuo mountains as our backdrop.

We hung around not really doing much, which was a welcome relief. We ate on the second floor of Cloud Nine on Xijie street. We had a wonderful eggplant dipped in egg batter and slightly fried. We also had minced meet with green beans and mapodoufu. (Toufu with minced meet.)

Tim ate at the Treasure Island Fish Pot. The restaurant provides a chicken broth and a hot plate on each table. You dump your vegies and meat into the boiling cauldron. He says it was good but of course he didn't invite us, because he wasn't allowed to. If Ruth caught us together we'd be sent to our room. She doesn't think we ought to spend too much time together. Both Ruth and Maite try to keep our association to a minimum.

And that's all I can really say about that.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

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2 Responses to “Sanbu”

  1. # Blogger locomoko

    Dave, is confabulating a real word, stuart  

  2. # Blogger daveterry

    Maybe not, but that doesn't stop me from using it. Just kidding. Here's the definition of confabulate:

    Main Entry: con·fab·u·late
    intransitive verb
    Inflected Form(s):
    con·fab·u·lat·ed; con·fab·u·lat·ing
    Latin confabulatus, past participle of confabulari, from com- + fabulari to talk, from fabula story — more at fable
    circa 1604

    1 : to talk informally : chat 2 : to hold a discussion : confer 3 : to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication
    — con·fab·u·la·tion Listen to the pronunciation of confabulation \kən-ˌfa-byə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
    — con·fab·u·la·tor \kən-ˈfa-byə-ˌlā-tər\ noun
    — con·fab·u·la·to·ry


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