Monday the 27th of January 2014
Here’s something interesting. I had my first actual conversation in Mandarin Chinese today, with a stranger. It’s happened before but usually I have no idea what anyone says to me. Today, it clicked; the lack of lesson language light bulb I was blessed with decided to switch itself on at the hardware store checkout after school. I bought a tube of Pringles. It went something like this:
I’ve got a cup of tea and I’m watching Mr Selfridge. It seems strange that I’m so far from home yet some things never change. I think Monday is my favourite day of the week, after Saturday and Sunday perhaps. I had a nice trip to my favourite supermarket followed by two great lessons, the first with a private client (who loves Disney princesses) and a small class of six. I then planned the rest of my lessons for the week and went to the hardware store (see above).
My appetite is back after the weekend from hell. One of the other teachers explained that I probably didn’t have salmonella poisoning and that it may have been a different bacteria. I suppose she could be right. Due to each item of food being cooked separately in the kiln (individually wrapped), it’s unlikely others would have gotten ill, which is good. I also wondered how (if the food was well cooked) the bacteria would still be alive and then I realised that it could actually have been a contaminant from the soil or water, as I probably ingested a lot of that based on the nature of the kiln itself.
Anyway, so this morning I made the greatest porridge of all time. It reminded me of the congee one of the TAs gave me last week, or the jelly bean lunch my manager bought for me, it sweet and fragrant. I then sliced a red apple into wedges, added a handful of raisins and honey roasted cashews and voilà, tasty times.