Going to Chengdu
Tomorrow is the big day: I am leaving for Chengdu. There I will attend a 2-week cooking course at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine, the school that Fuchsia Dunlop attended in the 1990s. I am very excited to learn lots of things- and really looking forward to walk around this bustling city, filled with food stalls and tea houses.
I haven’t been back to Chengdu since 1991- then we arrived at one of the most luxurious hotels of the city, after weeks of off the beaten track traveling through Pakistan, Xinjiang and Gansu. We were exhausted, took long soaks in the fragrant bath and then went up the roof bar to have a hamburger. Which shows how desperate we were for some ‘civilization’!
Still, the hotness of the hotpot we had then still lingers to this day! So tomorrow I will fly there and join the little group dedicated to learn all there is to learn about SIchuan cuisine.
Hopefully I will be able to blog through the ‘great fire wall’ of China – I plan to twitter and post photos to Flickr. So in case you won’t find any new stories here- check out the other hangouts… 成都见 Chengdu jian! (see you in Chengdu)
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