Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Wally World's Impact
This morning at 6am we took a taxi to Walmart. Not that I wanted to set foot in Wally World although I understand it is quite a different experience than you might expect in America. Want to buy a live shark!!!!
Across from Wally World is an an alley called the Antique Shard Market. It is open from 6-8am on Mondays and Tuesdays and is a collection of shards and pots. You must have a discriminating eye to pick a fake from a Song dynasty 800 year old pot. Young Danny Crump and I had a ball dickering with the merchants over the price of pots. When a dicker got going the merchants would huddle around us and laugh their faces off at our attempts to lower the price. Prices on some of our purchases dropped from 200 Yuan to 20 Yuan. I got my numbers mixed up and offered 18 yuan for a bowl that the guy was asking 2000 Yuan for. The crowd of hustlers howled with laughter.