We visited my wife’s aunt and uncle, who live in a mountain village pronounced as “Nio wu”. We were treated with an outstanding lunch with many fish and vegetarian dishes. We drank red wine and a home-brewed strong liquor (about 60% alcohol). Just before lunch, my father-in-law caught a huge fish from the neighbouring fish pond. We ate the fish on the very same day.
After lunch, we visited the house of my wife’s grandfather who, unfortunately, died two years ago. Luckily, we met him seven years ago. We all loved him. He was a very friendly, happy old man. We visited his grave, which looks similar to the impressive grave that we saw the day before.
Slowest travel agency ever
We also went to a local travel agency to book our plane tickets to Shanghai. Altogether, it took more than an hour. Everything went very slowly and inefficiently. There wasn’t enough staff (meaning: there was only one person available) due to the national holiday in China (first week of May). We were surprised to see that many other waiting customers were standing right beside to us, shamelessly and impatiently watching how we ordered our plane tickets. I think this was quite funny.
We started our evening with drinking some fine local Chinese tea with my wife’s uncle, in his beautiful bonsai garden. He speaks a little Dutch (he used to live in the Netherlands many years ago), and we had much fun talking and drinking with him. We let him taste some of the Dutch liquorice that we brought with us (in Dutch: drop), which he bravely chewed and swallowed, but probably didn’t really liked (in fact, no one really seems to like liquorice except for Dutch people). We ate some dried cuttlefish, which is a typical Chinese snack and is quite delicious. After drinking a lot of tea, we were called by my mother-in-law: it was time for another lovely (and huge) dinner.