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British teacher Sam encounters "strange" Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2016-October-8

Sam enjoys a cup of coffee in his spare time. [Provided to InKunming]

[InKunming--Kunming]  Sam, a British teacher, first came to Kunming in 1996 to teach English in Kunming Teachers’ College. During his first visit to Kunming, everything of the city seemed strange to him, such as foods, weather and the tangle of streets.

He came back to London in 1998, and met with Kunming again to teach English in Yunnan University in 2013. Having living nearly five years in Kunming, Sam has gotten along well with everything here now. The key point is that his love towards Kunming is just like a gushing river murmuring by.

Water Pipe

Sam has heard of Kunming before. By taking the opportunity of teaching in Kunming Teachers’ College, he eventually stepped up this mystery red-land. He found that plenty of strange things decorated with this city. The strangest point was water pipe (also called hookah).

“I saw an old man sitting on a small chair holding one-meter-long bamboo. Nice sound came out of the bamboo when he inhaled. There was a wooden box filled with Angel hair tobacco next to the door. Satisfaction climbed to the man’s face.” Sam still remembers the first sight with water pipe.

At that time, Sam and his college Miss Li walked down Kunshi Road. The small scene with water pipe dragged his attention. After several conversations with Miss Li, Sam got to know water pipes which canto some extent reduce the harm of smoking.

Later on, Sam and Miss Li took a trip in Jianchuan County. They encountered an old man smoking a water pipe again when they visited a small village. Sam shared his thoughts with Miss Li. He really wanted to try the magical water pipe. Then they negotiated with the old man. Sam finally got the water pipe in his hand. Unbelievably, he learned how to use it at once. As a result, he brought one in Kunming. When he came back to London, he actually brought the water pipe back home together. Perhaps, the water pipe represents his awesome memories about Kunming.

Sam and his students. [Provided to InKunming]

Yunnan Rice Noodle

The water pipe surprised Sam although Yunnan people were pretty familiar with it. So did the Yunnan Rice Noodle (also called cross-the-bridge rice noodles).

His friend took Sam to a restaurant named Qiaoxiangyuan where a great deal of people went to try the famous Yunnan Rice Noodle in a red wooden house located in Dongfeng West Road. Sam was shocked when waiter got the noodles to the table. Several small dishes holding two raw quail eggs, corns, bean sprouts, shallots and coriander, a big dish containing three slashes raw pork and chicken, a bowl of beige noodles and a huge bowl almost loaded with light-yellow soup were gathered on the table. He was confused about how to start eating.

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