I’m sorry it’s been so long since you’ve heard from us! We’ve been super busy! It seems like everyday for the past five days has brought us fun and surprises. I’ll try and catch you up in the next few posts. 🙂
So, this past weekend was a blast! We started Friday with no plans for the weekend, other than a movie date with our co-worker Anly. We were just going to take it easy and chillax, because that’s nice every now and again. But, a simple weekend of going to the market on Saturday morning quickly turned into the busiest weekend we have had since living in Penghu.
We woke up and decided to go to the market and grocery store. We got a late start, so we were hurrying to get to the market before all the vendors closed up. We barely made it, but thankfully there was still some chicken left. 🙂 After that, we ran to the grocery store to pick up a few staples for the kitchen. While perusing the aisles of the store, we ran into Ted. Ted is a fellow English teacher and the proud owner of The Beach Break, a surf shop here in Penghu. He told us he was a little overwhelmed because a group of about 40 Europeans asked him if they could have dinner at his shop that same night. The weekly dinners are a tradition during the summer, but Ted and his wife had all but closed up shop for the impending winter, and he wasn’t expecting a group of 40! He invited us to stop by, and then had to run in order to prepare everything for that evening. Nick and I were excited to go and meet all these English speaking people, so we went home, took a nap, and made some food to take to the dinner. The dinner was a huge success! All of the Europeans showed up and loved the food and getting to hang out in Penghu. We found out that they were all exchange students at the University in Taipei and hit up Penghu for a long weekend of fun. There were students from Germany, France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands! It was fun getting to talk to people of all different cultures, and getting to hear their unique accents. 🙂 I am always excited to hear accents from other countries, I guess you could just call me weird. 😉 We were even more excited to spend an evening around English speakers. You don’t realize how much you miss being able to understand all the people around you, until you are able to experience it again. We went home around 12:30 am in the hopes of being able to stay awake through church the next morning.
I was able to stay awake through the service, but it was a constant battle with my eye lids. It made me realize how old I’m getting 😛 We stayed for small groups after church, and the other young adults in our group invited us to have lunch with them after church. I was very excited, because this was the first time we were invited to go out with them. It’s a great feeling when you feel like you are officially involved in something. We went to this small restaurant close to the church that served noodle soup (I’m not sure if that’s the official name, but that’s what we’ll call it). I had noodles with pork, and Nick had the “extra spicy” noodle soup that featured Pig’s blood 🙂 While eating, they asked us questions about where we are from, how we are enjoying Penghu, and English grammar. Surprisingly, grammar questions are frequent occurrences in our daily conversations, so it’s a good thing Nick was an English major. 🙂 Towards the end of the meal, they invited us to go to a BBQ at one of their houses later that night. We eagerly said yes, and voila! Another day filled with excitement. I’m sure all you Texans are wondering what a Taiwanese BBQ was like, and I’ll ease your worries now, it’s nothing compared to Texas BBQ. We arrived at the house to find our friend sitting on her front porch with this tiny grill that was about 1 square foot, and stood about 2 inches off the ground. We were eagerly invited to pull up a tiny stool (to accompany the tiny grill) and start BBQ-ing. I have to brag that I am now an expert at grilling pork skewers 😉 They had tons of meat- pork, chicken, fish, tofu (which isn’t meat, but I’m including it), dried squid, and something we assume to be chicken livers (we didn’t try them). It was all really tasty, and the company was wonderful, but we did get a little cramped sitting on the tiny stools. One of the girls had recently visited Australia, so she contributed some Vegemite which Nick and I decided wasn’t our favorite snack. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had so much to eat, but we had to rush off to catch Taken 2 with Anly at the local movie theater. We love the popcorn they serve at the movies. It’s kettle corn, and coincidentally, kettle corn has a special place in each of our hearts, right next to chocolate for me and tools for Nick. 🙂 We enjoyed the movie, Anly’s company, and of course the popcorn, and returned home exhausted, yet satisfied.
We woke up and wondered where our weekend went! When we arrived at school we had a new friend follow us in. She was so cute and curled up in the corner despite our multiple, albeit half-hearted, attempts to get her to leave. Unfortunately, some other people tried harder and eventually sent her away. 😦 But in her defense she put up a good, yet polite fight! I looked out the window for her all day, but I could never see her.