i doubt that anyone else from my office does more in a single weekend day than i do. in the morning i went with mrs.gu to visit a market day (赶集， a lively combination of farmer's market plus flea market) in the rural town of shuanglong (双龙 "double dragon"), about an hour-long bus ride east from changshou. after coming back into town, we had guizhou noodles for lunch (mrs.gu's treat) before we parted ways. i went to go take some shirts to be altered and visited the produce market to buy a medium chinese kimchee jar for RMB$15 (US2.50). i then immediately cracked the jar when i came home because i had the bright idea of pouring boiling water into the thing to sterilize it. but before i had time to buy a replacement, i went to old changshou to mail off some books (traveling, cooking) and tibetan souvenirs back to the US. i figured the nearer post office would be okay, but turns out they don't ship internationally either, so i had to take another bus into changshou plaza to visit the larger post office. there it took me more than half an hour to finally send out my stuff (close to RMB$160), before i caught a bus midway into town. i got off here so i could get some food from the dongbei bread shop. i then proceded to walk home, visiting a chinese version of the dollar store and picking up a brush (for cleaning out my tumbler) and some dish rags. back in the new city, i returned to the produce market and bought another kimchee jar. the only thing that would've made the day even more action-packed would be if i went for a run and then ate out for dinner.
(will upload photos when i get the chance)