I had a wonderful Easter today. First I went to mass with Ed, a colleague, at the little church in the old hutongs downtown. When the other people saw the foreign visitors, a nun escorted us from the plastic chairs outside up to the choir loft where we had a bird’s eye view of mass and were right amongst the 50 choir singers.
After mass, several teachers went to the Hotel Mercure for Easter brunch. I didn’t expect that the hotel would celebrate Easter. I thought we’d just have the normal brunch. Wrong. They had lots of chocolate eggs and rabbits. It was so delightful and just 98 rmb per person. The service is so attentive and helpful.
After brunch I had to go into town to pick up some train tickets for my upcoming Qing Ming holiday trip. Who do I bump into but my old friend Ben, the chef of Bon Appetit, and his three boys, who were getting balloon animals from a clown?
Another bonus was we had sun, behind some haze, but still – sun.