Teaching in Hsinchu [5]

I think it’s fair to say that the first day of week five and the first day of October did not go to plan!

My landlord didn’t have the courtesy to tell me he wasn’t going to make our appointment, after I’d waited for ages for him.

I studied a bit this week, I’ve been trying to exercise and chill out a bit, but I don’t think it’s been too successful so I’m going to breeze over it.

My sister came down for 3 days and we got to eat lots of nice food, tried this awesome candy floss ice cream treat and have 7-11 desserts like we did when we were kids!

Omg shanju candy floss

Work has been a stressful ordeal all week and honestly, I’m not looking forward to Monday. I just can’t deal with the kids. They’re so naughty or lazy, or they’re too tired or moody. They answer back or say rude things. The one or two cute ones are totally overlooked because the rest of the class are so poorly behaved you spend ages trying to restore order. I just can’t do it.

However, the highlight of my week has been today – Sunday. Despite only having 3 hours of sleep and feeling like I’d been hit by a truck, I got the bus to Linkou to meet an old school friend. He picked me up at the station and we went to the most adorable cafe with a terrace, with his brother and a guy my mum taught when he was just 5 years old! It was great. We had coffees and waffles and chatted about random stuff for ages!

St Martin’s cafe linkouSt Martin’s cafe linkou

We went to the most amazing temple I’ve ever seen. It was possible the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! We walked around the gardens and statues, then through the main temple. We even saw a gibbon! It was wonderful!

Taiwan gibbon

Followed by bowling in the most old school arcade I’ve ever seen. I lost of course, but it was such good fun!

I got the train into Taipei to meet my sister and we went to our favourite restaurant for dinner! I desperately needed that food. I needed fresh vegetables and decent bread. Thank god for our friend George and his lovely wife!

Then we walked around Taipei Main Station before I jumped on the train back. What a journey that was.

The evening ended with the bus driver shouting at me for throwing my rubbish in the rubbish bin on the bus. He went mental at me.

Surely a rubbish bin is for rubbish? No?


Let’s battle ahead to Week 6!

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