Tuesday was Teacher’s Day and although I didn’t have class, I had a super-cool day. One of my friends Shurar met me for lunch at a really nice restaurant in Hankou. Wuhan was originally 3 towns which were merged into the current city – population 10 million.
Lunch was incredible. The picture doesn’t do it justice but it was a pretty amazing restaurant. The chairs were like arm chairs with pillows on them. I thought it was just going to be her and I and my translator Stacy but when we showed up there was a table set for 7 and I was the guest of honor. The dishes were all delicious and they kept coming and coming. Every time I thought the food was on the table the server brought out something else to add to the table. It was amazing.
The food included every Chinese dish you can think of. There was fish, chicken, beef, shrimp, crawdads, soup, salad, vegetable dishes, and I’ve probably still forgotten something. I had watermelon juice, orange juice and hot tea to drink. My chopstick using ability has not improved much and I felt like a 7 year old at the big kids table… again, only this time I refused to use a fork. I’m going to learn how to use chopsticks, someday.
After spending most of the afternoon with Shurar she gave me these terrific Moon Cakes as a parting gift. Moon cakes are a traditional staple of Mid Autumn festival a national holiday where the kids get 3 days off school to travel. Most go home to spend the holiday with their family and the students tell me it’s like the American equivalent of Thanksgiving.
I took the rest of my Moon Cakes over to Mary’s this morning to share. They are a bean curd based desert with different various fillings and have a heavy texture like a black-bean brownie (if you’ve every had that).
Wednesday was September 11. I did a lesson on Hero’s for my classes and we talked about what a hero was. They wrote a journal entry about who their biggest hero was. The answers surprised me with their insightful answers. There was everything from superhero’s to famous historic figures, athletes and religious figures. A surprising number of the students said either their Mom or Dad was their hero for all the sacrifices they have made to give the student a better life. I was really impressed. For homework they have to invent a Superhero and give a presentation introducing their Superhero to the class. I can’t wait!