First time ordering food in china without a translator... boy was that an experience! We saw the outside menu and figured it was a safe bet. We had a brilliant idea of taking a picture of the menu item we wanted so it would be fool-proof.. we never accounted for being unable to respond to what the server was saying. We also didn't recognize that even quick serve places (like burger king or Wendy's) in china often were still full service establishments where the server takes care of you and pay at the end. We spend 10 minutes basically saying the 3 Chinese phrases we know over and over while everyone tried to help us... it was at this point when the language barrier really hit hard. The wait staff leads us to this seating area through the kitchen and we wait to see if our food comes. We get one plate and just accept this as our fate. I then mistakingly attempt to ask for chopsticks, 4 tables attempt to either tell me the words to say or tell the waitress what I want. After getting the chopsticks - in a blunder I knock a soup bowl over into my lap. Try to pick it up, at this point I look around because I'm clearly the center of attention and we are the ONLY table in the WHOLE place using chopsticks... Then it all came to me what the waitress was saying "you don't use chopsticks. You want a spoon or a fork". Our 2nd plate of food arrives and we rejoice because we just sort of pointed and hoped we got enough food for both of us and would accept that we hadn't and we would just be hungry until later. We finish eating. Standing up to leave I hit my head on the light above the table, the restaurant goes silent and you just hear one "woooow" spill out from the back...meanwhile I'm sure my ancestors were rolling over in their grave at my embarrassment.
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