During the National Golden Week holiday my host family and I went on a lengthy road trip to visit their family and friends. A favorite part of staying at my host sister’s grandparents' rural home was getting acquainted with her adorable pet rabbit, Mai Xiang Yu ( 麦 香 鱼 ). Mai Xiang Yu is also the Chinese name of my host sister’s favorite sandwich at McDonald’s, the Filet-O-Fish! To be called a tasty fish is a little strange for a name of a furry rodent, but I find it endearing. The cuddly white bunny with black ears and eyebands is only four months old and now lives with my host sister's grandparents as she is too busy to care for it while keeping up with her demanding schoolwork.
My Host Sister & Her Rabbit
Not having seen Mai Xiang Yu in the month since school started, when we first arrived at her grandparents’ house, my host sister quickly ran to the rabbit cage to exclaim “He’s gotten so big, so fat!” as she petted him and scooped him up into her arms. The entire visit she couldn’t stop mulling over how big he’s gotten, at the same time providing him a constant supply of food ranging from dry corn to fresh lettuce. Her grandfather said that the rabbit would even eat meat, much to my host sister’s despair. Despite its rapid growth and strange diet, Mai Xiang Yu appears to be very happy and healthy.
Snacking on Fresh-picked Peanuts
My host sister clearly loves her pet and when it was time to leave she shared her disappointment about not being able to care for it herself. I hope that she gets many opportunities to visit Mai Xiang Yu and her grandparents, in the future! Maybe I will get to come along again too!
Mural on Garden Wall
Abigail is currently spending a year abroad in Beijing, China with the NSLI-Y program. She is excited to share her experiences with family, friends, and others on this blog.