Nick and I have been having a wonderful time exploring our new home. We arrived safely in Magong (our island) on Friday and received a very warm welcome from everyone here at our school. We went house hunting on Saturday and found a great 3 bedroom house! It was still under renovation, so they told us it would be about a week before we could move in, but last night we received the news that it is ready for us! YAY!!!! 😀 Today we will be rushing to get everything moved in before it starts raining (a typhoon is supposed to hit us today). But before moving in, we decided to go to the traditional market across the street from our school. We were both excited and a little nervous, but everything turned out alright. We bought some fruit, and looked around the rest of the market to see what we could see. They have pretty much everything we could need. Fruit, vegetables, meat (beef, pork, chicken), eggs, and so much more! We’re very excited about this discovery and think we will be stopping by on a regular basis.
Before our plane left for Magong on Friday, our school representatives took us to get famous dumplings. I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but it’s famous here. We were able to watch the cooks make the dumplings, and it is definitely an art. The kind that we had have soup and meat in them. They were delicious!
Anyways, I’m sure you’re dying to hear about the rest of our week here, so don’t worry, I’ll tell you. On Saturday, after our morning of house hunting, we went to the beach to learn how to windsurf! It was so much fun! Our school has two military guys serving their one year of mandatory military service, and one of them took us with him. It took us a few tumbles and splashes, but sooner than thought, we were windsurfing. 😀 It’s ok if you’re jealous, but if you come see us we will try and teach you if you’re interested. Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of this landmark event because we didn’t want our camera to get wet, so you’ll just have to take our word for it.
The last two days we have been in training with some of our coworkers. We went to sessions about teaching English in a fun and entertaining way. We learned some games we could play, and all sorts of activities to do with different story books. For lunch each day, we recieved a lunch box filled with tons of good traditional food, and chopsticks. We thought we were good with chopsticks until we tried to eat fried chicken with them. It proved to be much more challenging than we thought, and we ended up having to use our fingers, so if you feel up to a challenge, try it. 🙂 All the teachers we met there were very nice, especially the two teachers we went with from our school. They have been such a great help to us these first few days by taking us house hunting, helping us get our resident id cards, buying us food, and helping us move today! We are so blessed by them!
One more funny story, then I’m done. We have gone to dinner a couple times at a traditional restaurant, but we found out that the menu is only in Chinese, and as you know, we don’t know Chinese. The only thing we could say was the word for chicken. The owner laughed at us and then brought us something with chicken in it. It was good, but we think he thinks we are ridiculous 🙂 He told other people about us and they laughed to. I guess we’ll have to get used to that.
If you would like to pray for us, here are a few ways. First, please pray that we can find the contact people for a church here. We have some names, but our lack of transportation and telephones has made it difficult to get in touch with them. Also please pray for us as school starts. Pray that we will get over the learning curve quickly and be great English teachers to the students here, and that we can figure out a good way to be a light to our students and coworkers. 🙂
We love y’all,