Pengyou visit in Savannah, Georiga

So after a nice birthday and mother’s day, (I’m 24 now can you believe it? time is flying!) I headed to Savannah to visit my pengyou Jenny! (pengyou or 朋友 is friend in Chinese) We became friends on my first day in China. We were roommates at our hotel for orientation. We quickly became good friends and even though we lived about an hour away from each other, we frequently had dinner dates and wine nights! Now that we were both in the United States, we wanted to see each other and I was more than happy to leave the frigid New York end of winter for sunny and warm Savannah.

I went for a week long visit. I was greeted at the airport by a big smile and a big hug. It was really warm too thank you Lord! After a nice scenic drive to the complex where Jenny and her mom live, we decided hey why not lay out by the pool and catch some rays! Perfect afternoon after getting up before the crack of dawn and traveling all morning! That night we went to have dinner in downtown Savannah along the river. We stopped at a little store that was selling some jams and we must have tried 10 and they were all delicious! I bought 3 of them. Two were to bring home for me and my mom. They were a peach amaretto jam with pecans and the other was a apple strawberry rhubarb jam. The last one was for me and my hosts and it was a raspberry mustard dip that was to die for. It was beautiful at night, with the lights reflecting on the water. We stopped and listened to a group of guys singing on the side walk and they were really good.

The following days were spent laying out by the pool and going to the beach. Tybee Beach is a nice beach but we drove up to Hilton Head and that beach was much nicer. The pool was great too I mean whats not to love about laying out and getting kissed by the sun. We visited downtown Savannah again and this time got to explore the sights. Savannah is a great city! It has the trees with the Spanish moss and I think I could grow old looking at those trees and with the flowers, it’s just incredible. We went to Paula Deans restaurant and to be honest it wasn’t that great. We had a few sandwiches and they were ok. I did try sweet tea for the first time and it was delish! I’ll make a like of all the southern things I tried later on.

The next day we decided to take a day trip to Charleston. And I am so glad we did because I absolutely loved it! Charleston is amazing! On the way we decided to stop at a plantation that is now basically a museum open for viewing. It was really quite interesting being able to see the plantation. The property was very beautiful and well kept. There were some slave cabins and they each were restored to a different time in history. The guide actually goes around to old slave cabins and spend the night in them. I love history so this was pretty cool for me, it was sad of course and slavery was a terrible part of our history. I recently watched 12 Years a Slave and it really makes you think about how things used to be and why there was a Civil War in the first place. After a few hours we went into Charleston and explored the downtown area. It was great. There were so many colors and Charleston has the trees with the Spanish Moss in a few places which I loved. The waterfront was filled with expensive houses and walkways for visitors and residents. We had lunch in Jim ‘N Nicks and IT WAS AMAZING! Like seriously! I had a beef brisket sandwich and Jenny had a pulled pork taco that was banging like best thing I’ve ever had good!

On Sunday there was a low country boil that was great! It was out by the pool and there were fresh oysters we got to crack open (I was terrible and could barely open one), corn on the cob, potatoes, chicken and shrimp. Everything had a cajun spice and you all should know I love spicy! Yumm. Then a group of us went to a bar to have a few drinks were the gnats and rain couldn’t get us. We made a new friend who is a helicopter pilot and he invited us to the military base to see the aircraft. We went 2 days later and it was cool seeing everything and getting a private tour.

My last night there we decided to try a hot pot restaurant. Yupp that’s right folks there is a hot pot aka REAL Chongqing style food in Savannah. It was pretty damn good too! It was spicy just the way I like it and the owner even gave me some Sichuan peppers to take home with me. I got a bubble tea and it was like being back in China again me and my pengyou. Anyway, that was my trip. It was great and Jenny and I talked about China a lot. I came home with a great tan and lots of memories.

Southern First Timers:

1. Sweet Tea

2. Boiled Peanuts

3. Chic-Fil-A

4. Grits

5. Shrimp and Grits

6.  Real BBQ

7. Chicken salad

8. Fried Okra (ewwww)

9. Glazed Pecans

That’s all I can think of but hmm I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Until next time,

Alexis

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