Monday the 4th of August 2014
I left my apartment at about 11:05PM to see if the supermarket was still open but when I got to the main door, I noticed it was raining. I went back into my apartment, picked up an umbrella and headed out. Rather than walking to the supermarket (I would’ve cycled had it not been raining), I decided to go to McDonalds. I bought a three person sharing meal, with various forms of spicy fried chicken. It was worth it, I still have two colas in the fridge and some leftover chicken I plan on eating for breakfast.
Anaemia has really taken its toll on my body; I could definitely do with a more structured eating routine when I get to Poland. I only have thirteen days left in Taiwan which is no time at all really. I have so much to do before leaving. There’s still a lot I don’t understand in terms of the franchise leaving procedure document but I’ll no doubt figure it out later on today or at some point this week. It’s 00:53AM right now, I’m watching Family guy on YouTube. On Tuesday I came down with the most painful headache imaginable, I could hardly lift my head and when I eventually stood up straight, I projectile vomited all over my bathroom. On Wednesday morning, my manager took me to the doctor; I came out of the pharmacy with several packets of four tablets, to be taken three times a day. It didn’t stop me from being sick. I taught two back to back two hour lessons (so four hours altogether) before having to go back to the doctor. I was then told to take five different tablets, three times a day. I also happen to still be on the medication I was given at the hospital over two weeks ago. I found a dead cricket in my apartment today. My room is a fortress, if one insect gets in; it’s highly unlikely it’ll ever get out again.
Saturday the 9th of August 2014
I have managed to eat the final contents of my fridge, defrost and unplug it. I’ve cleaned my bathroom and every drawer is empty. I finished some additional school work which mainly included creating a large alphabetised list of family films, cartoons and television programs for the students, marking exams and lesson planning. I feel as though, as far as being stuck inside feeling a bit under the weather goes, I’ve been quite productive.
I have two suitcases, one big, one small and a rucksack. I have one outfit hanging in the wardrobe, the one I will wear for my journey back to Europe. There are three shirts, a pair of black jeans, underwear and socks also left. These are clothes I will wear for work and then discard prior to leaving as there are only so many holes, tears and stains I can sew, mend and clean before giving up on a garment.
One of my neighbours didn’t have any laundry detergent so I gave mine away a couple of weeks ago and went back to using elbow grease, soap and the sink. Actually, I say sink but I’ve just been washing my clothes (and occasional dish) in the shower again. I gave the cooker away, as well as various other kitchen utensils etc. a while ago too. I’ve managed to do everything gradually so that by Friday night, I will be all set for leaving on Saturday. I’m not looking forward to Friday, my last lesson finishes very late and I’m planning on buying all the staff pizza (an idea I got from my previous colleague on her last day) so I might have to just miss out on it arriving as I finish my lesson. I also have exams to mark, which means I will be required to complete those before leaving school… so my last night in Taiwan might involve watching the metal shutters come down on the school front one last time. It seems relatively symbolic in a way. Closing the shutters on one chapter of my life and opening them in another. Although, yesterday (Friday the 8th of August 2014) was a fun day, my final student of the day gave me an adorable gift, a Taiwan purse and hooded Taiwanese panda t-shirt. I absolutely love it. She took some pictures with me too but unfortunately, I look awful due to what I like to call ‘long week, full day, late Friday night, hair up, big glasses and no make-up’ style. I gave her some London stickers, candy and a box of Adventure Time pencils because I think it’s nice for teachers to give students pencils or boxes of pencils. It’s become my leaving thing, only the best students will get pencils. This student also managed to get my t-shirt size from my previous colleague before she left, by getting her to ask me what my size was, so she could buy something for her friend! I didn’t suspect a thing! I recently uploaded several of my theory papers online; you can download them here as well as a video I created last week whilst wandering around Changhua.
I didn’t really get much sleep last night, or at least I didn’t feel as though I got much sleep. I woke up around six and managed to speak to my boyfriend via Facebook message before we moved the conversation to Skype. He was in our new apartment, the internet is up and running there and he was able to show me around. The landlord really seems to have bad taste when it comes to décor and furnishings but with the exception of ridiculous mirror tiles everywhere and ever so slightly horrendous green tiles (although it was night time in Poland), it’s beautiful. Not only is it bigger than I expected, it has herringbone wooden floors, which was a nice surprise.
There are so many things I haven’t written, which I probably should write. So, I think I’ll stop here.