Spooky season greetings!
From my time zone it is officially 万圣节— Halloween! I miss the festive spirit my hometown has around this time. The cool, crisp autumn air, the orange and brown tinge everything has, the darkness that grows longer and longer every day as the temperatures drop. I especially miss carving pumpkins with my mom.
But my classes here have had their own way to celebrate the day by having us dress up! I wrote before about how I was excited to see what everyone in the other classes might do for their costumes, but I was so disappointed to see that not a lot of people dressed up at all! My class certainly did— even a student who had not been able to come the whole week prior. Our 老师 teacher is just too good at keeping us up to date, and we as her students are just too good at keeping the atmosphere气氛 peppy at all times. It makes the days go by much faster.
Not that work doesn’t go by fast either! In the week prior I got a big task of helping an applying grad-student from Taiwan edit her application essay. She was quick to admit to me that she wrote it while holding a glass of wine at 3am on her couch, but only that made ice break in a funny way. She had a strikingly creative essay, and I was happy to help her edit the grammar. This is something I had been studying how to do for years now, and editorial work is a goal of mine down the line, so I’m happy I finally got a chance to do it one on one.
Over the weekend other students from the CET program threw a Halloween party, but it wasn’t just for American Students, a few language partners could join too and join they did. We were more than happy to tell them about our Halloween customs in the United States.
As mentioned in the previous entry Halloween is not a major thing here. 老师 said that knocking on people’s doors is strange to people here, so parents take their kids to the local 7/11s (小七!) to ask for candy. 给我糖还捣蛋— trick or treat!
Speaking of 7/11s I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned the absolute number of them. Every street corner you’ll see at least two! Before coming to Taiwan, I was told that the island has more than double the 7/11s per each resident. These aren’t the style of 7/11 you’re used to seeing in the US either, you can do anything you can think of in there. It’s a café, restaurant, printing press, bank, clothing store— anything!
I praise 7/11 and all, but I’m much more of a family mart gal 全家～我爱你哟！
Well, at this point now I only have 3 weeks left. It’s gone by so fast; I can’t believe it!