“It Goes Like This…” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4keD5Qvya4
This morning I could have really used a hug. Sitting at the bus stop in the misty air waiting to board…Went to Hsinchu City this morning to make a hair appointment. The hairdresser- who speaks English as he studied and went to hair school in Canada- took my name and time. After, I headed to a cafe down an alleyway. No joke, the name of this place was: Marijuana Coffee Bar. (Like really?!) Sometimes I really do wonder about the definition and use of English words in appropriate contexts. The girl at the front spoke fluent Chinese to me; I don’t mean to, but I tend to give the most confused blank look, because as much as I try to decipher, I really have no clue as to what she is saying…and I really do try to fake it sometimes. Apparently I look Taiwanese. And this is the second time this has happened in a week! Two guys at the gym gave me thumbs up and started speaking to me like I knew what they were saying and I smile and nod and then they ask a question and I blank stare it again. And one of them pipes up….”ohhh…you no Taiwan? no Chinese? Me think you Taiwanese.” Umm…Thank you? My blending in skills are working, but in no way does this do me any good when questions are asked and the other person is waiting for a response. Fail. But hey at 6 a.m. when I’m lifting weights, I’ll take the thumbs up. Back to the Cafe…it was really quaint inside and had a nice patio to sit and loft away the garbage smell by inhaling the person next to me’s cigarette. (Which triggers this thought…there is a song called Coffee and Cigarettes by Augustana, now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a smoker, but there’s something about jazzy sounds blended with the rich aroma of my coffee and swirled with the faint smell of tobacco smoke that’s well…cozy…comforting…I just can’t put my finger on it.) The coffee was delightful though and it’s always nice to listen to the rain. The girl was super sweet and ended up speaking English quite well. The cafe opens about 8 for breakfast and she hopes to see me soon! Aww. Went into school for a one on one lesson for a girl in level 7 then spent some extra time prepping for my USA class…the unit is on Food and there are so many activities I can do!
When I looked at my desk there was a note written in Chinese…and the English translation next to it…
One of my new favorite songs!!! Lady Antebellum- “Compass” What a fun song and I love the lyrics…
“No Matter What You’ll Never Be Alone.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30PDGF1_jNo
FYI: I am officially a resident of Taiwan! I got my ARC this week.
Wednesday November 6th
Starbucks has red cups here. AND Christmas decorations. So even under the 80 degrees heavy humid rainy air this makes me incredibly happy! (Though my favorite holiday moment is walking under city lights with a light snow falling and a cup of coffee….) My little place of Christmas cheer. Thank you Taiwan Starbucks! #sharejoy.
|headstand with my instructor…
so nerve-racking, I couldn’t concentrate very well!
Thursday November 7th
I started the day off catching up with a couple friends, then headed to the track for a workout. The track.was.empty. You know how freeing it is to run on an open track with no one in your way or heavy breathing or pounding of feet behind you? Just great.
|Bright and Sunshiny Day!|
After my workout, I came back to my apartment to find a Mad Lib birthday card (a game on a birthday card? genius!!!) and goodies from my dear friend Lori…a Husker shirt, caramel dove chocolate and peanut butter dove chocolate and the coolest water bottle ever!!! She’s so sweet! 🙂
Went to school, planned, then went to the local grocery store a couple blocks away to pick up chips for my upper level students because I had made my own “reward system” for them that motivates them better than the stamp goodies case. I got the chips…and discovered blueberries and strawberries. Ok. You must first understand that I have to go to the next town over (about a half hour local expressway train then take another local bus to the supermarket that sells berries.) for specialty items. I was SO excited! I think I may have squealed. YAY!!!
The day went well…on a reoccurring basis the kids tend to jump off chairs and tell me “Teacher, I can fly like an angry bird, look!” (Student collapses to the ground.) The kids also figured out that if they jump high enough they can touch my head…they proceed to tell me…”Teacher, you is is very short…my mom she is eh eh eh very taller than you…” I need to remember to not say to one class “my kids in the xyz class are learning about xyz…” because then I get “Teacher, you have kids? how many? are you married?” Oh snap. “No, I don’t have kids and I’m not married…” “But, why Teacher?” “Because I’m here teaching you…”Oh Teacher…Whhhhyyyy… don’t you say my kids???” Uhh…
Saturday November 9th
Friday at work, my co-teacher Zoe, and I decided to randomly to go to Taipei for a Night Market food dinner tonight. My favorite. We went to Shida Night Market, located just right out of the Taipower Building Subway stop. I love market shopping…the shopkeepers, the signs, the lights, the smells, the tastes…even though I walk outta there with a pounding headache of sensory overload from language, noise, and dodging people left and right I love being there and taking it all in for a little while. Freshly BBQ’d meat and veggies, fresh juices, handmade purses, jewelry, unique shops filled with odd things, and…American merchandise from Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret…gotta appreciate the randomness. The guy that owned that shop has a friend in the states who ships the goods to him.
|picking out my own cookies!|
|rockin’ that Husker red!|
|brilliant…a sign letting you know which stalls are free…|
Sunday November 10th
|getting new packages of post its= organized once again!|
|who knew? already ripened avocados are cheaper.
I’ll take it!
|breakfast bagel with chicken and mushroom|
|my awesome hair stylist|
|new hair for my birthday splurge|