So I guess the title of this sums up what the post will be about pretty well, this is my final weekend at home – I leave for China on Tuesday morning (ahhhh~ only 3 more days)!
Well, for me the weekend starts on a Friday, so lets first discuss last night. My best friend from high school is also going on a year abroad in a few days (she’s going to California) so she decided to have a little going away celebration last night. We had a BBQ up on the moors then later on headed into town for a few drinks. It was a lovely evening and also gave me the chance to see and say bye to some of my other high school friends without having to be the centre of attention (suits me perfectly).
Then onto Saturday. So today I had to get up relatively early (I say relatively because it’s not actually that early, just feels it to me because my sleeping pattern is so messed up right now). Headed to the shops with mum to buy some last final things, then afterwards went to the gym (mission = loose weight before China)! Luckily I had a little bit of time to recover after that before sorting out a few things out home. I printed out the email from the doctors to accompany my years worth of medication and finally was able to contact Amazon about some travel adaptors that haven’t yet arrived (they were due on Monday and still haven’t come meaning unfortunately it looks like I might not receive them before leaving which will be annoying as I ordered them specifically to take with me).
Then this evening I went for a lovely Thai meal with my parents as a goodbye/early birthday celebration (I’ll be nineteen about a week after I leave). I’ve never eaten Thai food before – my parents decided to try out this restaurant after going for some lovely Thai meals in Bergen (Norway) when they were on holiday last month. We went to a place called Sukhothai which is really popular and has a lot of good reviews. I could see why – the food was delicious and fresh and the staff were lovely and polite.
The food came surprisingly fast but was hot and tasted totally fresh so despite the speed it definitely seemed to be freshly cooked and tasted amazing. I had ‘Tofu Tod’ (deep-fried bean curd served with a sweet chilli and ground peanut sauce) as a starter and ‘Pad Thai Pak’ (stir-fried noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, mixed vegetables, ground peanuts and bean curd). Both were delicious although very filling. Especially in the main dish it was well cooked so the flavours were well combined though not overpowering – the delicately sweet taste of the noodles was still present and the vegetables only very lightly cooked so that their crispness accompanied the soft noodles well. My mum had the vegetable spring rolls as a starter (delicious, not at all greasy – she went as far as to say they were the best spring rolls she’s ever had) and a chicken dish with coconut rice as a main (unfortunately I don’t know what her main dish was called so can’t find a description of it). I think my dad had ‘Tung Thong’ (golden crispy bags filled with marinated minced chicken, water-chestnuts and black pepper, served with sweet chilli sauce) as a starter. It was another deep fried dish – the bag being made of the same type of pastry used in spring rolls – and both my parents claimed it was delicious and like the spring rolls was very light, fresh and not greasy (I didn’t try any of this dish so can’t give you any personal opinion). Then my dad had some form of beef dish with egg fried rice as a main – again I don’t know what it’s called so can’t find the description but he also really enjoyed his meal.
So all in all a lovely meal with some delicious food. It’s not the cheapest of restaurants but wasn’t extortionate either (starters were around £5, most mains were around £9 and fish dishes about £15). The only set back of this restaurant was its popularity – meaning it’s quite busy. We were expected to leave at 8:30 as the table was booked again from that time onwards (however we were told this over the phone when we made our booking so were able to plan for it). Therefore if you are someone who does like to spend a long time over a meal I would advise you to go on a less busy day or time.
So I’ve had a lovely day and meal with my parents – tried to do most of saying goodbye to my friends last week so I could dedicate this weekend to spending a last bit of time to my parents. Tomorrow will be more of the same, finishing preparations and double checking I have everything I need as well as hopefully spending some more time doing something nice with my parents.
Oh yeah, my dad also gave me some extra RMB (Chinese currency) as an early birthday present. Thanks dad