Here’s a recap of the weekend.
Game night Saturday went great. The kids ate all my cookies and it was so funny because they commented “We buy these at the store, I didn’t know you could make them” with this incredulous tone. It made me laugh. They have never made cookies before. The kids loved Charades, but some of the clues they couldn’t figure out the English word for. Some of the words that they didn’t know included giraffe, fork and fang. I had a lot of fun.
Yesterday in class they gave me a thank you card.
I met with several of my friends for some good study time at Edwin & Mary’s and afterward we went out to Lunch at a nice restaurant. I have no idea what we ordered but it was really good. There were stir-fry green beans and little sandwich things with chicken and pepper stuffing, and sweet-and-sour chicken (my favorite dish).
Sunday night I got groceries and frozen chicken breasts at the vegetable market. The food was not quite as fresh as last time, then again I went in the afternoon and it was a bit picked over. Luckily I had my reusable grocery bag with me otherwise I would have had a hard time carrying everything home. I bought a pair of knock-off Converse shoes for 45 yeun (that’s about $7.50).
Monday night is hotpot night with the other foreign teachers on campus. This is something they do every week and invited me to tag along. It was literally a hole in the wall place, we walked into what looked like a dead-end alley then through a small door, past the kitchen where they were cooking and into a large dinning room with small stools to sit on. It was definitely an experience.
I have made a definitive judgement that I will only eat Chicken. My chopstick skills have not improved very much and Megan finally took my bowl and started putting stuff in it for me. It wasn’t just that I couldn’t grab the food, but I also didn’t know what most of it was. There was boiled lettuce, locus roots, bamboo, boiled bread and rice wafers. There was also some kind of weird sausage stuff that I had to discretely spit into my napkin when no one was looking. Processed meat is kinda gross in the U.S. Take that and multiply by 10, and you will have processed meat in China.
Until next time, I send my love. Hope everyone back home is doing well.