I sometimes have a lunchtime coffee with Megan, one of the other foreign teachers, at the Scha coffee shop on the way home from school. Today as we were drinking the owner walked in carrying a Pizza Hut bag with a pizza in it. We lookde at it and speculated where it might have come from - the only foreign food outlet in Baiyin is a branch of KFC.
Seeing our curiosity the owner gave us
both a slice of free pizza. With the aid of the translator on the phone
we asked where she had got it.
Sadly the answer was as expected - Lanzhou, the provincial capital which is seventy km away.
It was a nice surprise lunch though.
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