Time Flies

This week has been a good one. For starters, at one school my co-worker brought me a Starbucks Frapp which is UNHEARD of and was an actual game changer. At my second school of the week they surprised me with a bubble tea!

Needless to say life is going well and I am well caffeinated. But anyway,  time is FLYING! and I am in the middle of 3 or 4 projects to wrap up the school year and so I feel like my head is spinning?

So this post is mostly to “catch up” on everything going on.

Let’s go in reverse order, shall we?


Last weekend. XiaoLiuQiu.

To me, this was one of the most ideal day trips I’ve ever taken.

I trained down to KH from Taichung, rented a scooter, got to spend my night laughing my head off with some close friends, and then welcomed a friend living in South Korea (but who is from KC) to Taiwan who came to make the trip with me. We got up BRIGHT AND EARLY the next morning to scoot out to XLQ.  After an hour of driving we drove the scooter onto the ferry, and sailed 20 minutes to a paradise I couldn’t have even imagined existed a few hours from my home.

Look at this!

Look at this! (Photo cred Emily Miller)

 

The super famous tourist spot in XLQ. There was hardly anyone there and it was gorg.

The super famous tourist spot in XLQ. There was hardly anyone there and it was gorg.

Then we went to the Beauty Caves and Wild Boar Trench which where both really cool. I kept on thinking how varied and interesting the geography on such a small space? You continue to amaze me Taiwan.

We happened upon a tree...seat? It was one of my favorite moments on the island. We climbed up this crazy tree and had a fabulous view of the south east side of the island

We happened upon a tree…seat? It was one of my favorite moments on the island. We climbed up this crazy tree and had a fabulous view of the south east side of the island.

view from tree top

view from tree top

After our magical tree top experience and the caves and trenches we ended up walking 5 miles and sweating out half our body weight. We decided to make a pit stop for lunch. After some really quality health food *cough burgers cough.* We signed up for snorkeling and away we went!

Turns out, however, this was organized for people who have basically never even seen snorkeling gear. Therefore, the first 30 minutes people were learning how to blow bubbles (or so I inferred). Finally after quite some time we were allowed out in the sea and it was AMAZING! I have never seen such variety of fish. I saw Nemo’s, Dori’s, Fins, swordfish AND two sea turtles. Honestly it was incredible.

Do you see the green and the lighter blue looking colors? It's because there were spaces between the coral. Incredible. Photo cred: Emily Miller.

Do you see the green and the lighter blue looking colors? It’s because there were spaces between the coral. Incredible. Photo cred: Emily Miller.

I am hoping I can make it back out there to snorkel once more before leaving!


Talent Show

Last Friday I rearranged my school schedule so I could attend Da Keng’s Talent Show. Turns out it wasn’t a competition, but every single student had to participate.

The Big Day. Dozens of parents were in attendance, every student and teacher were there.

The Big Day. Dozens of parents were in attendance, every student and teacher were there.

The kindergartners all dressed up and ready to dance!

The kindergartners all dressed up and ready to dance!

I watched my adorable students dance and play instruments for 3 hours. Towards the end I performed the Cup Song with my 6th graders. I sang and they had perfected the cup portion. It was super fun.

I think they're rock stars

I think they’re rock stars.

It was a great event to be a part of. I had to do a lot of rearranging that week to make it possible, with classes and schools, but it was worth it.


English Camp

So earlier this month, the first weekend of May, we had our first 2 of 4 weekend English Camps. Eight of the other Taichung ETAs regularly put on English camps on Tuesdays, but, I think to stay in the good graces of the Taichung City Government, we have to put on a few weekend camps. This was a really fun time for me, because I mostly just supported my friends and played with kids- however a 12 day work week was nothing short of exhausting. Let’s just say that by the following weekend I was ready for some R & R.

All of the ETAs.

All of the ETAs.

We made lots of friends.

We made lots of friends.

I had a lot of fun singing "Let it Go" with the kids on breaks and playing with them.

I had a lot of fun singing “Let it Go” with the kids on breaks and playing with them.

At one point a girl had taken my phone and was taking photos. SO FUNNY.

At one point a girl had taken my phone and was taking photos. SO FUNNY. (and chaotic..)


So those are a few of the things that have been keeping me busy this month. Very similar to leaving college, I feel lots of excitement for going home, lots of sadness, and a little anxiety. Culture shock is pretty terrible, but I often think reverse culture shock is even worse. I’m curious to see how that transition will go, but really trying to be in the moment now. This weekend I am going to Alishan, Taiwan’s premiere tourist destination, so I will probably be blogging on that next week!

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