The Vicarious Feast

The morning was spent in anticipation of lunch. I went hunting for a little breakfast; Nick went out to do some form of exercise (he’s feeling rather chubby, and is on a diet). But otherwise we counted down the hours until lunch. And it was worth the wait, an embarrassment of soy braised pork, chilli smothered fish, sweet corn pancakes and pumpkin cakes. Nick urged me on, with a hint of envy in his voice: ‘go on…eat it.’ I think he may have been eating vicariously through me. I was happy to oblige.

We set off out of Hefei down an abominable road that seemed to have been imported from Central Asia as some kind of tasteless joke by the local authorities. I don’t know what beef the mayor of Hefei has against the next town, but it must be pretty bad.

We eventually gave up, and slept by a cabbage field.


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