On Friday Nick and I went to teach on a small island called Jeibei. This island is known to be very beautiful and therefore a popular tourist destination, so needless to say, we were very excited to be going here! This was our first lone expedition, meaning that no one from our school would be going with us. I was a little nervous about that, but then we were told that we would be going with the dentist that traveled with us to the other island. (If you don’t remember that adventure, look here). That calmed my nerves, because he seemed like a nice man. So when Friday morning came, we met him at his dentist office, and rode in his car to the boat dock. Riding in his car was an experience all of it’s own. Most people here ride scooters because they are more convenient and the roads are narrow, so riding in a car is usually a little scary. He was weaving in and out of traffic and honking at everyone, but after 20 minutes we arrived safely. 🙂 We only had to wait a few minutes to get on the boat, and while we were waiting, the dentist gave us drinks and snacks of pineapple cake (which is a specialty here, and very tasty)! He also gave us maps of all the islands and pointed out which one we would be going to.
The boat we took was filled with tourists going over for a fun filled day at the beach. The ride only took about 20 minutes, which is good, because the water was pretty choppy. As soon as we disembarked, we came to a huge scooter depot! There were seriously hundreds of scooters lined up just waiting for someone to rent! We followed the dentist to a scooter stand and he rented one for us. The scooter we rode was smaller than the one we own, and much slower! We had to go over a big hill to get to the elementary school, and we didn’t think the poor guy was gonna make it. I seriously considered peddling with my feet! 😛 Surprisingly it made it all the way to the school (which was really just a 5 minute ride). We parked at the public health center that the dentist was working at all day, and walked over to the school that was next door.
When we got to the school, the Military Service guy at the school was sitting in this tiny chair digging rocks out of the cracks (notice that the bucket is bigger than the chair)! I felt for him.
When we showed up at the school, the English teachers greeted us, and told us that we didn’t need to be back until lunch time. They told us that we could go to the beach, or drive around the island if we wanted to. But we felt the need to be responsible, so we decided to wait at the school all morning and perfect our lesson plans.
Nick with the tiny scooter.
NOT!!!! We jumped on the opportunity to go to the beautiful beach! We got back on our tiny scooter and high tailed it to the beach. We had to stop along the way to buy some cheap bathing suits, but it was totally worth it! The beach on Jeibei is beautiful! The water is so blue and clear! The water was a little cold, so we didn’t actually swim, but we walked all the way around the beach in the shallow water. While we were walking and talking, it dawned on us just how amazing God is. I should say re-dawned, because we realize this frequently. It’s funny how sometimes we forget and get caught up in ourselves. We talked about how He knew exactly what He was doing when He brought us to Penghu. This has been the perfect place to start our adventures and our marriage. We get to work together everyday! Since we seem to have less distractions here, we have been able to get incredibly closer to God and to each other! The people here are so kind to us and help us with whatever we need! AND we get paid to spend the morning at the beach! God’s plans are definitely better than our own!!!!
There is a stone weir behind me. Stone weirs are man made walls that trap fish when the tide goes out.
Here we are, having a BLAST!!!
Isn’t it beautiful?
Meet Nick’s new flower shorts 🙂
Next, we decided to drive around the island. There is a road that circles the island along the water line, so we took tiny scooter on a trip. We were thankful that he made it! 🙂 The island is pretty small, so the whole trip took about 30 minutes. Along the way we saw some more stone weirs, boats, beautiful views (of course), a light house, and some interesting grave sites.
Don’t you love the trees lining the road?
After our morning of adventure, we went back to the school just in time for lunch. The English teachers asked us if we wanted to eat alone or with the students. We told them that we would eat with the students because we thought they might be excited to see us, and man were we right! When we entered the room, there were two desks set up at the front of the class, facing the rest. We sat down at these and waited for all the students to get their food and sit down. Before they started eating, they all said some type of prayer in Chinese. I was surprised because I didn’t know they did this. After that, they were eager to talk with us. Unfortunately these students were only in second grade, so they didn’t know very much English. Thankfully the teacher helped to translate, and we enjoyed the questions they asked. They wondered how tall we were, where we were from, if we had any babies (lol), how old we were, and other things of that nature. After lunch they started bombarding us with questions in Chinese, apparently they didn’t understand that we didn’t know what they were saying, but it was still a lot of fun! Then they showed us where we could take our rest (nap). They held our hands and tried to make us hold hands, and talked the whole way. It was very cute and heart warming.
After lunch time, we started teaching our classes. I taught about things around the Library, and Nick taught water sports. After our classes, the students asked if we would play basketball with them. They are all in love with basketball, especially the Houston Rockets because Jeremy Lin is from Taiwan!!! We played with them for a little bit and then had to go back to the boat to go home. When we got back to the dock, we got back in the dentist’s car and went home. He took us a back way, which meant he went down roads that cars really don’t fit on and used his four wheel drive to climb a hill that over looked the city. The view was pretty, and he took our picture! He is a really nice man, and we hope to see more of him 🙂
This is us on the hill.
We were exhausted by the time we got home, but we had a blast!!! I hope you all had a great day at work on Friday and had a great weekend as well!!! On Sunday, we bought a couch, it will be delivered today, so we are very excited about that! We will post a picture when we get it!!
See ya next time