A Very Chinese Wednesday

Wednesday was a hyper-errand day which required an exhausting amount of both Spanish and Mandarin! (Yes, from the kids’ perspective, it was another death march day.)

We picked up the girls at 12:15 from school and proceeded to eat lunch, buy birthday presents for Zelda’s upcoming parties, and visit Barrio Chino (Chinatown) to find Yugioh cards, visit the Chinese Cultural Center to inquire about lessons for the girls, and dip in for a little Chinatown grocery store action to snag some spices/oils/vinegars. Next, we went to a pharmacy and then headed back up to Cabildo, where we bought white tennis shoes for the girls’ field day uniforms and visited the shoe store where we purchased the girls’ brown school shoes for an exchange because Zoe’s shoe sole was coming unlaminated on only her third day of classes. We wrapped up our errand day with a trip to the art supply store for the weird random stuff we need to begin Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain, as a part of home school.

If I hadn’t taxed my Mandarin enough on our Yugioh/Chinese Cultural Center treasure hunt, I got a reprise when I went to pick up our laundered clothes from the lavandería around the corner, which is staffed by a Chinese woman from the Fujian province. She said, “your Mandarin in pretty good, but one time a gentleman came in from India, and his was even better than yours!”

I’m now motivated to retrieve more of my waning Mandarin so that I can compare favorably to the mystery man from India floating around Buenos Aires speaking perfect Mandarin.

2 Responses to “A Very Chinese Wednesday”

  1. Barbara

    What’s yugioh?

  2. Michele

    Yu-Gi-Oh is a trading card game based on a Japanese comic series of the same name. (It’s reminiscent of Pokemon.) You take your deck up against an opponent’s deck and battle it out until one player loses all of their HP (health points). The cards are played on a board, and there are arcane and long rules related to what kind of card can be played where and how often and what governs its use, blah blah blah.

    There are monster cards, fusion monster cards, trap cards and magic cards. They have different strengths from an offensive and defensive perspective.

    I’m sure it’s not any clearer now!

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