The Russian Goldilocks
Guess what? I forgot to take my camera to the birthday bash so I’ll just have to continue the wedding story …my wedding reception was held in the Fragrant Hills which are in the suburbs of Beijing. Even though the English name refers to them as ‘hills’ they are really mountains. In the valley there, we found a 1000- year old Buddhist temple called ‘Wo Fo Si’ and in the vast grounds of this temple was a small hotel built in traditional Chinese style. The hotel’s architectural style is called ‘si he yuan’which means built in a square with all the rooms facing into an open air courtyard area in the middle of the square. We hired the whole place for the evening and booked all the rooms so that all our guests could stay overnight with us.
We hired buses to take everyone from the city to the venue and we had long tables put in the courtyard. The food was a huge BBQ with salads and pasta dishes too and the chef was cooking meat all night. We provided all kinds of drinks to suit everyone tastes and it was quite multi-cultural as we had guests from the UK, Russia, Bulgaria, Japan, Serbia, Poland and Sri Lanka. For entertainment, we booked a band who performed outside in the courtyard and then various friends of mine, played guitar, sang, played the flute etc as extra entertainment when the band had finished. The highlight of the night was a friend of mine called Baz. He did some juggling, then juggling with fire-sticks and ended by doing fire-eating and flame blowing. Very impressive and great fun, by the end of the night everyone was very drunk, full to the brim and very happy.
I have to mention a couple of my husband’s Russian friends Anastasia because of their behaviour at my wedding reception. One of them drank so much vodka that he forgot where he was, then decided he didn’t want to stay overnight and started to walk back to Beijing city(at least a 30 km walk!). Apparently he hitch-hiked back home after he got so tired of walking and the next morning couldn’t understand why and how he was home! The other friend drank so much vodka that he went to bed at about 7pm and crashed out. However, in his drunken stupor, he went into the wrong room and slept in the wrong bed! To cut a long story short, when my Mum entered her hotel room at 1am, she found a huge Russian guy snoring in her bed!! A strange twist to the ‘Goldilocks and the Three bears’ story don’t you think! (The bears find Goldilocks sleeping in their bed)
Our wedding reception was videoed but oddly we never took many photos. The photos that I have of the night are all in the UK so I can’t post any here which is a pity as there is one superb shot of Baz breathing fire with all the guests looking at him aghast.
We didn’t have a honeymoon because of several reasons, first our parents were in China with us so we wanted to stay with them, my husband couldn’t get much time off work and actually we couldn’t afford it after paying for the wedding. Are you going on a honeymoon after your wedding Nastya?
As phrasal verbs have been a topic this week, I want to set you a task which involves some common and useful phrasal /multi-word verbs. See if you can write a story, part or a whole blog that uses the following (some of them you must use the idiomatic meaning, not literal meaning to make it harder!)
Bring up (please use this twice as it has a few meanings)
Get over (use idiomatic meaning)
Go through (use idiomatic meaning not literal)
Make it up
Pick up (idiomatic, not literal)
Put up with
Be taken aback
Run out of
Take off (idiomatic, not literal)
I’m off now but before I go here is photo of me this morning, as you can see I was pretty busy.
Enjoy the weekend everyone, have a rest, put your feet up and relax!
suburbs(n) area outside the central part of a city
venue(n) place where a meeting/party/match etc is held
juggling (n) throwing balls or other objects into the air, keeping them in the air at the same time and catching them
full to the brim very full after eating
hitch-hike (v) get a free ride in a stranger's car
crash out (v) sleep anywhere when very tired
drunken stupor nearly unconscious or in a daze because of drinking alcohol
to cut a long story short to give the information in short without all the details; briefly
aghast (adj) filled with amazement
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