Dec 2, 2013

A new couple enters the mix

Snow and Jeff host us for an amazing lunch

Jeff and Snow with all their friends

Snow is a native Luzhou-ite who is the director of the foreign languages department at Sichuan Foreign Language high school. Jeff, her husband, is an Australian who taught ESL at the school about a decade ago. They recently returned from a stint teaching English in Mozambique (Snow was on sabbatical), and looking for expat friends, they got in touch with us through our boss Linda. A lunch invitation was issued; “Snow loves to host parties,” Jeff told us.

Jeff and Snow
Jeff and Snow host a mean banquet

And he was not underselling. Expecting a modest bite of noodles or something, we were instead presented with an out-and-out midday banquet with a half-dozen of Jeff and Snow’s other friends. There was the writer for the local newspaper, a couple from Chengdu who own a hair salon in here in town, a woman from the Luzhou Planning Museum, a few teachers recently returned from a trip to Thailand, and, last but not least, a chef who catered the entire affair who was about to leave China for a job in New Zealand.

Most of our friends are pretty young, so it was interesting to hang out with a crowd of established locals with such an international outlook. It’s actually really expensive for the average Chinese person to get a travel visa to America, but that just means that these people set their sights elsewhere. Luzhou may be a small town, but that afternoon was spent excitingly with people from a small world.