After a *cheap* - but delicious - hot pot lunch we went down to visit the elderly home which is just outside Dali Old town. The team out here have been visiting regularly for a while now, which is quite rare considering the restrictions the government usually places on foreigners being allowed into institutions. In Chinese society being childless and having a disability are still very much stigmatised meaning disabled, and elderly people with no children to care for them are considered a burden on society. Although the home near by is well funded and maintained by the government the people living there almost never have any regular visitors and there is a low staff to resident ratio (3:30), so simply spending time to socialise like playing a game or doing craft activities is really valuable to them since they have very little contact with anyone outside their home.
This evening was a pizza night at Sleepy Fish, amazing because everything is made in the kitchen (yep even the dough) and then cooked fresh outside in a wood fired pizza oven! Naturally the event attracts a lot of the local expat population, so even though the oven was a bit slow cooking (because of the rain..?) there was still plenty to do in the kitchen~
Looking forward to finding out when my course starts - I have been told you're usually given about 18 hours notice... But in the meantime I'll continue getting to know Dali and sleeping off my jet lag.