This week-end is a festival in my hometown called Schmeckfest. . a German-tasting festival. Most of the people who have moved away from our community will come back every year for one of these 2 week-ends to eat a delicious meal of sour-kraut, cheese buttons, kuchen, home-made noodle soup, and cabbage (to name a few) and watch a musical performed by talented individuals in our community. I miss being able to attend this event, and my reality here, as of late, has been more difficult.
To be honest, I feel a little lonely for companionship. These past few week-ends have been filled with lesson planning and a lot of me time. Which is okay if I were somebody else, but I am getting a little tired of myself (is that okay to write in a blog?)
But, just now, I had a little gift. . from above I am sure. I was trying to shut one of the drawers in my apartment, and noticed that something had fallen behind it, making it impossible to close. So, I took out the drawer to see what was amuck. Guess what was preventing this drawer from shutting? That’s right. . a DVD of Fiddler on the Roof. . one of my favorite musicals ever. What a fun thing to have in the back-ground to keep me company. Traditiiioooonnnn. . . tradition!
Maybe I should explain why I feel a little lonely. Most of my time here in China has not felt this way. It’s a recent feeling, within the past month, and it stems from a combination of things. First, my language tutor and close friend has moved to Guangzhou for a job. We would usually hang out at least 2 times a week. In addition, the sophomore students whom I hung out with more last semester are frantically studying for the TEM-4…a standardized test that very literally determines their future. The Chinese teachers that I am friends with are helping their senior students write their thesis papers. And finally, the other single teacher on our team has a boyfriend and this takes up a lot more of her time. So, I feel quite relaxed, and for those of you who know how I like my personal time, well I am sure getting a good share of it right now.