Taiwan....Round 2!

Trip Start Jun 18, 2009
Trip End Aug 01, 2011

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Well I have been back for 2 1/2 weeks and things have been crazy busy since I got back! I have gotten readjusted to life back in Taiwan and have started to get back into my work routine. 

 When I returned back to Taiwan I officially started my new position as head teacher (this means I am in charge of administration work for our kindergarten program). I was lucky because I was given 3 days to get some of my admin work figured out before I had to start teaching again. I was excited to get back into the classroom but it was nice to have some time to focus on just admin stuff. For the summer I was given a 1st and 2nd grade combined class and I love it! Even though I have 25 wild and crazy kids I still love them! It is refreshing having kids who are excited about learning and still like giving me hugs! It has been a big challenge though because I have some students who have very little English ability and others who have been going to Cornel since they were 3 so they are very advanced in their English. It is gratifying to see how quickly they can pick up the language. I have one little boy who knows very little English but he tries and he gets so excited when he is able to say something correctly. When outside playing he even had a classmate teach him how to ask "Teacher, Can I drive the car?" The classmate told him how to say it and he repeated it a couple times and then he thanked his classmate for teaching him. The student then came and asked me correctly! SOO CUTE!! 

Besides being busy with work since I have been back I have been trying to go out and have some fun too! When I returned to Taiwan there were still some teachers from last year here (they stayed through the summer to be subs for us). It was nice to have some time to spend with them before they left for the states for good. It was really strange for the first couple days not having my same friends around to call up and hang out with. It was a big adjustment. It has been nice having my friend Tara and her boyfriend Mike here! 

Last weekend I had a pretty exciting weekend. I went on a day trip with one of my Taiwanese friends, Dawn, and her family. Tara and Mike came along too! He family had rented out a bus and we were going to see some sights in Taiwan and then go to a water park. I knew I was going to be in for a day full of things done Taiwanese style! First, we boarded a bus to people already singing KTV (karaoke). Almost all chartered buses in Taiwan come equipped and ready for KTV (TV screens, big music selection and of course microphones!) We made a couple small stops on our way to visit a harbor North of Taichung. We stopped at a rice noodle factory where we got to try some noodles. We made it to the harbor where we had a great view over the ocean and we were able to walk through a fresh fish market. There were some crazy looking fish there! Set up at the harbor were little carnival style games. These are popular at night markets too! So we played some games here too. We then went for lunch. I knew I would be trying some new foods I would normally not eat. I am proud to say that I tried almost everything. I am not a big fan of seafood and I ate a lot of seafood that day! Everything was served family style. There were like 10 different dishes to choose from! SOOO much food. After lunch we headed to the water park. It was a pretty nice water park. At any public pool in Taiwan you always have to wear a swim cap so I was able to look cute all afternoon in my bright pink swim cap! :) After the water park we had dinner back in Taichung. Another family style meal with so much food. For dinner we probably had 15 choices from fish, to shrimp, pork, beef, chicken, veggies and the list goes on! The only thing I tried that I didn't like was some fish dipped in wasabi! My friend, Dawn, was pretty insistent on making me try everything! It was nice because I am not used to eating Taiwanese food so it was good to try. It was a great little day trip! 

The next day I spent with Dawn as well. We hung out with Tara at her pool for a while and then she took me to a little noodle stand. It was nice having her there because I would just tell her to order me something she thought I would like! :) It worked because I got some yummy noodles. I really need to improve my Chinese because we were both able to eat dinner for only about $2.50! To finish off my weekend of fun Dawn talked me into going to a tap dancing class with her. Dawn had never tap danced but had heard of the class from a friend. It was a free class so we went, it was pretty funny. We were the worst ones there. But we had some pretty good laughs. It was all in Chinese so I was clueless to what the instructor was saying but I did a pretty good job considering I hadn't tap danced since I was about 6 years old! We finished off the night by having some sweet, soupy, Taiwanese treat. It was cold and had peanuts in it with something soy in it. It was actually good and a great way to finish off my weekend! 

I have been so busy since I have come back that it was nice to take this weekend and be lazy! So I spent this weekend laying around and getting things organized at my place. Next weekend I will have a busy weekend because I will be MOVING!!! I will be moving closer to my school (cutting my 25 min commute in half!!) I will be living in an apartment with one of my current roommates, Rachael, and then another teacher, Stephen, who is from England. Our apartment it pretty nice (I will post pictures once I get settled)

Well I think that is all for now! I will update you again soon on everything that is happening here! 

Until next time....love ya and miss ya! 
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