It wasn't until the end of my first class today that I realized I wouldn't see my Friday students next week. Chinese New Year is one week away!
I know it's not really my holiday but I'm super excited.
I think it's a mixture of having a week off and everything looking so festive.
I'm pretty excited about learning more about what CNY is all about and how people celebrate it.
That and I am totally psyched about going to Taroko Gorge and Kenting.
I bought our train tickets the other day and put down the deposit on our hostel in Hualien and Leila put down the deposit on the hostel in Kenting so we are all set.
Every where you look there is something red. The staff in our apartment complex put up red lights (not really like Christmas lights because they're cylindrical) above all of the doors. Apparently if you put up red in the doors and windows it keeps out bad luck.
Again, I still have a lot to learn about CNY but I can't wait to report what I've learned.
I also spent the whole day booking things for our Thailand trip. I can almost smell the beaches. I keep thinking back to The Philippines and then I think, "Man, this is going to be even better."
Don't get me wrong — I thoroughly enjoyed myself in The Philippines — but I'm going diving for four days, snorkeling one day and kite boarding and/or surfing one day.
I'm going to be all water-sported out, if such a thing is even possible.
Of course that is all still six months away and there are a million other things to do between now and then.
For instance: What should I do on the 3-day weekend I get for Tomb Sweeping Day? I'm thinking maybe a mini-trip to Hong Kong?
Man, I know sometimes I complain about my job, but — I have to admit — it certainly has perks.