Friday, November 27, 2015

A Change of Pace for Thanksgiving

While checking out at a grocery store two weeks ago during a long day in Changsha, I noticed a shirt worn by someone nearby.

shirt with words "BCLION", "TAMPABAY", "TORONYO", and "BALTIMORE"

More than the creative spellings, the last city listed on the shirt especially caught my attention. Not only is it uncommon in China to see mention of Baltimore, but via multiple airports in Shanghai and another in Chicago I would fly there the following day, which proved to last much longer thanks to time zones and the International Date Line.

My return to Baltimore proved to be too short, but I managed to take care of some pressing matters, eat lunch where they look at the stars, and appreciate a few sights.

Manny, Moe, & Jack auto tire store in Baltimore Country

Since departing Baltimore I have eaten near the border between Texas and Louisiana.

David Beard's Catfish Village

I have also seen a large gopher tortoise coming out of its burrow in Florida.

gopher turtle at the entrance of its burrow in Pensacola, Florida

My recent American travels are a good part of the reason posting has been light lately. There will be no stories this year of how I spent the holiday in Hunan or mystery photos of where I spent it in a bordering province. In the near future I will return to China, but before that I will do something I haven't done in a decade: spend Thanksgiving in the U.S.

I am not sure what is exactly on the menu, but eating habits here differ from those where I was recently in Guangdong. It seems the tortoise is safe.

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