Trip Start Aug 05, 2009
22Trip End Aug 01, 2010
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I know it was a while ago, but for Halloween Kori and I dressed up and invited our students to the local Shwombi Square. Students can go skating around the square, which is very fun for them. I, however, have to large of feet and cannot fit into skates! (sad) I dressed as a scary jackolantern painting my face black and crazy, and Kori dressed as a cat. It was alot of fun, and we taught all our students the 'trick-or-treat' song. We handed out ALOT of candy too. That night when we went home two of my students who practice art/drawing asked to do our portraits. They are both very talented at drawing and English, and we have our portraits hanging on our fridge.
We have a dog! His name is Bucket. He is a cute little fur ball about a foot long. He is full of spunk and loves to chew! His teeth are growing in right now so he's in his 'terrible 2's' stage of life. Smart little guy though, and already knows where to go to the bathroom (for the most part haha). He keeps us company and is alot of fun. I was skeptical about getting a dog at first, but I do like the little guy. Only when he's not crying at all hours of the night
About a week and a half ago, 4 of Kori's students knocked on our door. None of them could speak a lick of English. They invited us out to do something, like mimes (haha). We hopped on their motorbikes and were off! They took us to a field where we gathered twigs and straw to start a fire. Once we had a decent fire going, we threw some sweet potatoes in. After about 10 minutes we pulled the potatoes out, peeled them, and had a tasty snack! It was very interesting the whole situation, and alot of fun. After this they took us to a Buddhist temple just outside Xintian. They taught us how to bow to Buddha, and we walked around the area a bit. Quite an amazing experience, and they couldn't speak any English!
We took a trip to Changsha last weekend. It is the capital of Hunan Province where we live and teach. It is a huge city! I had Thursday and Friday free from class, as my students had an exam. We were able to get Kori's class canceled on Friday, along with our FAO Brown. It is about a 6 hour drive to Changsha. When we arrived, we checked into a hotel room and went out to explore. The shopping was quite amazing in Changsha, and we walked around shops for a few hours. We stopped at McDonald's or KFC whenever we were hungry! Miss some good 'ol American Junk Food! We went to a club called F1 that night which was pretty fun. Loud music, girls dancing on speakers, expensive drinks, and foreigners! It was outrageous how much the drinks cost. I suppose we have been living in the "Xintian Dream" paying a mere 2 kuai for a large beer. For a small Budweiser it was 30 kuai, and you had to order 12 minimum! It was overall a fun experience, and we met alot of cool people. We were invited into a private VIP room with some Changsha locals, one of which studied in Canada for 4 years
We have been teaching our students about Christmas now. They really love the concept of the holiday. With my good classes we are doing a Secret Santa activity. We will be hosting a Christmas party at the end of the month with presumably hundreds of students and teachers
We had an interesting Thanksgiving filled with chicken feet, seaweed, white carrot, and other strange dishes. It was special because a couple of our friends got together at our FAO Brown's house. Even the teachers who couldn't speak any English made the effort to wish us a 'Happy Thanksgiving.' Afterwards Brown, me, and 'the guys' went for a foot massage.
Other than that, we have just been trying to stay warm! We think often about everyone at home! Kori is super excited to go home in February, and I am excited to travel Asia with my best bud! We are planning a trip to Guangzhou for New Years, and will stay with our friend who is teaching there. We also will make a trip to Shanghai in mid January to see my Dad who will have a 2 day layover there! Very excited to see him!!
Love, Peace, and Pi Jiu.