Wenhua park, Chengdu
I made it. The classes are finished, and I’ve officially begun my 9-day holiday, beginning with National Day Oct. 1 and stretching through Mid-Autumn Festival.
I did my first teaching observation this morning, and was quite impressed both with the teacher and the students. Then there was a noon meeting for the Going Abroad program, at which we may or may not have resolved anything. Then there was a pleasurable 2 1/2 hours with my own Sino-Australia program students. We talked about my own favorite topic – food – and I came prepared with a dozen different snack foods for them to sample, describe in English, and compare in a taste test. We had shredded fried squid, smelly black preserved eggs, dried fish, cookies, moon cakes, malted milk chocolate balls, rice crackers, and wheat wafers. The students had to tell about the ingredients, how the snack was cooked, and describe its color, taste, texture, and smell. Then their groups had to give a short “commercial” for their favorite snack. I think they enjoyed it. Oh yes, then I shared a printed recipe for plain old American meat loaf. Too bad I couldn’t show the video with the flamboyant chef who demonstrated it; maybe next time.
I battled the holiday rush traffic (in a bus) downtown, where I shopped for pants for my 100-cm waist (no luck), then went to the Isetan grocery store for chicken, pork, broccoli, French bread, and Edam cheese. Home again, home again (jiggedy-jig).