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Oaxaca

The last day in San Cristóbal, after eating out at a fancy restaurant (not at a street tacos stall) I was visited by Montezuma’s Revenge. This is something that happens to every traveller who spends any time at all in Mexico,, at some point or another. It happened to me the day before we were due to take another long, 12 hour bus journey from San Cris to Oaxaca City. Fortunately for me, after a couple of pills of Immodium, I was fine, and actually the bus ride to Oaxaca was pretty enjoyable. We left San Cris at 10.30 am and arrived in Oaxaca about 22.15 to be met at the bus station by our Air Bnb hosts!

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Anyway so the lovely couple at our place picked us up in their car so we would not get lost late at night, and drove us to the apartment, which was small, clean and had everything we needed including a small kitchen, charming patio where we ate breakfast every day, and a parrot (in their place not ours) which continually shouted “Hola!”

Next morning we got up to explore Oaxaca, and by lunchtime we had decided that we really liked it a lot and were going to extend our stay there. We had intended to go on to Puebla after Oaxaca, on the way to Mexico City. But we decided to skip Puebla and stay in Oaxaca for another week. There seemed to be so much to see and do there, but the pace of the place made us feel like we wanted to just relax and “be” there,, not necessarily charging around from site to site. Since our friends Renee and Barry had recommended the place, we started to see the charm of it right away.

If San Cristobal had been the “musicians’ city” , Oaxaca was the artists’ city. Everywhere we saw beautiful artwork, galleries, museums, and street art. The vibe felt relaxed, despite the fact that Oaxaca was about the most political place we went in Mexico. And when I say that, I mean that there were armed police everywhere downtown, and the Zócalo had at least 3 demos or political gatherings going on at any given time. Nevertheless, the place had a distinctly artistic feel to it and we enjoyed it a lot. As to what we did there, mostly just hang out, walk around and photograph the beautiful buildings and squares and eat and drink  the delicious Mexican chocolate. We did take one tour from Oaxaca, which was to Monte Alban, the Pre- Columbian Zapotec site, which was wonderful. The tour was combined with a place where they demonstrated weaving and dying yarn with natural colours, Mitla, another important Zapotec archeological site, and with Hierve el Agua , an incredible rock formation that looks like a frozen waterfall. We also got to see how the local liquor, called mezcal,  is produced from the agave plant, and of course to taste several varieties of it.

But every day we walked down town from our apartment we felt relaxed, whilst never quite knowing what we would see. One day, there was a wedding with huge puppets representing the bride and groom, and all the guests dancing in the street; another day a load of parades (political demos?), another day we came across some kind of municipal festival in a huge open air amphitheatre, with lots of stalls, and free tastings of food, and local dances. One day, as advised by our “Oaxaca guru” Renee, we went to the public lending library for a language exchange, where I tested the limits of my Spanish, and D met a man whose mother tongue was not Spanish but the Zapotec minority language. It was all great fun. Oaxaca is a city where you can walk around and continually be surprised.

Oaxaca is such a pleasant city that  it’s hard to really sum it up. I can say that the market is a great place to eat and sample the special cuisine they have, and that there are many lovely squares where you can sit, eat, drink and people watch. It is highly recommended to try the local chocolate, which is not like any other chocolate I have ever tasted. You can pop into art galleries and chat to the artists everywhere you go. And in the evening there is (as in everywhere else we went in Mexico) live music of all kinds to go with your beer or mezcal. We found a lovely restaurant-bar called Praga, which had live jazz every evening, and lovely quotations from poets all over the walls.

Of course there were also many churches, museums and galleries to see in Oaxaca. But just hanging out there was really the thing I will remember most about our stay there.

One day on one of the main parks, El Llano, we saw a VW bus painted like the Magic Bus, from which a woman,a  blond girl and two dogs emerged. They were from Patagonia, in Argentina, and were travelling from Patagonia to ALASKA in this bus. The girl had been born on the road. They were financing the trip by selling a book and T shirts. When we asked them when they would get to Alaska, the woman said, “It doesn’t really matter, but it won’t be this year!”.

As hard as it was to drag ourselves away from Oaxaca, we knew we had to be in Mexico City by a certain date to fly home, and we didn’t want to miss the main sites in the capital, so we gave ourselves a week to be in DF, as it is called, before our flight, so eventually we had to book our Airbnb in Mexico city and buy a bus ticket, for our final ADO bus to the capital, a mere 8 hour trip. So stay tuned for the Mexican finale, DF, the Mexico City bit….

A very cultural week

*** Warning! Long blow-by-blow post. Please feel free to skip as necessary!

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The gorgeous Belvedere Palace

As I wrote in my last post, the trip to Vienna was booked before we  knew that were going to Sri Lanka. But in any case of course Vienna and Sri Lanka are going to be very different experiences. We had never been to Austria before, partly because of my bias against the German language, but we decided it was worth a try.

So we packed up and flew off to our lovely air bnb care of one Anton Herzl. We got the airport bus to downtown for a cheap 13 Euro return (being careful not to lose the return part of the ticket!)

The flat was very well located, 5 minutes walk from the U-bahn subway station and a leisurely 20 minutes do the city centre along the Danube canal. We mostly walked down and travelled back by subway when we were exhausted. U-bahn has a flat rate of 2.20 Euro and is easy to negotiate, and all the machines are in English as well as German.

The first day we ventured down town and just wandered around to see what we could see. WE saw the Parliament buildings (which are very impressive, but didn’t take the organized tour) the  City hall or Rathaus building, and the huge Museum quarter. Everywhere there are statues, and highly ornate neo-classical, baroque and a few art deco style buildings. IT’s all rather ovewhelming, and it’s hard not to constantly stop and take pictures. We then walked back through the gardens of the Rathaus and around the area of the Imperial Hofburg Palace.

On our second day we first went to find the ticket office to collect our ticket for the Vienna Boys’ Choir, which we would hear the following Sunday in the Mozart Mass at the Imperial Palace Chapel. After this we visited the Albertina Museum for the fantastic Chagall to Malevitch and Monet to Picasso exhibitions. Then we hit the Naschmarkt open food market and partook of our first proper Schnitzel. Actually it was hard to decide where to eat as there were so many lovely looking restaurants, but we finally picked one, and then wandered around a bit (taking more photos of course) There was a nice Asian place where the waiters were all Chinese, so we chatted a bit to them and came back there the next day.

In the evening we attended a meeting of Vienna Couchsurfing at a small bar, and met people from Vienna, Spain, Colombia, Finland and even Syria and Palestine. It was fun but hard to talk to everyone as there were so many people. When we left it was pouring with rain so we took a taxi home, as we were not sure how to negotiate the tram.

The third day was spent entirely at the amazing Imperial Palace the Hofburg, which has several different parts, and it is difficult to see everything if you don’t want to be “castled out”. As rather limited animal fans we passed on the Riding school, but if you are a horsey person you can do that. We saw the Silver collection and the Sissi Apartments, which show a peek into the lives of Franz Josef and his young wife Elizabeth (the Sissi of the movie fame) and it was a very interesting experience and made me want to brush up on my history. Everything was fascinating and beautifully laid out.We then returned to the Naschmarkt for supper to get a bit of Stir fry and practise our Chinese on the waiters.

The next day being Holocaust Day in Israel we identified by visiting both Holocaust Museums in Vienna. We found them rather underwhelming after all the grandeur of the Hapsburg palaces, especially as the museums themselves are not very well laid out or labelled, or even that easy to find. The first one in Judenplatz was particularly uninspiring, and had a temporary exhibition of documents relating to Simon Weisenthal. The second one was better and had a special exhibition on the contribution of Jews to modern music, and this had a very good audio visual commentary accessible by smart phone.In the evening we had tickets to a Mozart concert held in the Sala Terrena, one of the (many) houses occupied by Mozart during his time in Vienna. The concert was lovely but even more impressive were the decorations in the hall itself,which were just gorgeous.

Day 5 was a visit to the incredible Belvedere Palace. It was hard to choose where to go, as there is also the Schonbrun Palace, which we were told is completely different and also amazing, but one can’t see everything,right? Anyway the Belvedere was indeed lovely, and quite easy to get to on foot,by walking through the lovely Stadpark. Fortunately the Stadpark had a food fair going on that day, so we had a great Viennese hot dog on the way as an added bonus. On arrival at the Belvedere, we noticed some workers erecting lots of scaffolding and a small stage, and decorating everything with flowers. There was no seating so it wasn’t a concert. We discovered that the place had been hired by a very rich Indian family for a wedding, to which 1,000 guests had been invited. Apparently this is a “thing” now. There are two palaces, actually the Upper and Lower, and the gardens. Fearing exhaustion we chose only the Upper, where the famous “Kiss” picture by Klimt is housed, and were not disappointed. There are rooms upon rooms of gorgeous artworks and it just goes on and on… Anyway the visit to the Belvedere, with its ornate rooms and galleries was another wonderful day out in Vienna.

Dan wanted to have a glimpse of the Danube proper and not just the Canal, so the next day we walked via the Karmelite market towards the river. The market, in Leopoldstrasse, a Jewish neighbourhood of Vienna, was quite nice but nothing amazing. But on our way to the river we walked through the Prater amusement park which was nothing short of splendid. I am not usually a fan of these things but the big wheel was indeed impressive and the whole place had a sort of yesteryear charm to it which was quite lovely, added to the fact that the sun was shining. We reached the Danube eventually, which was, as I had feared rather disappointing. There were no restaurants or cafes along its banks, as there are along the canal, and frankly nothing at all to do there. SO we decided to head back to the area around the Stefansdom, the iconic church set in the Stefansplatz, and the beating heart of the Innere Stadt. There we went up to the top of the spire in the lift, and enjoyed a view out over the city.

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D on the Danube

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Amusement park at Prater

There were still a few more surprises for us in Vienna. We had tickets for the Vienna Boys’ Choir singing the Mozart Mass in the Imperial Hofburg Chapel. I had not realized this would be a “proper” Mass and not just a concert. This was a rather weird anthropological experience for us good Jews, never having attended Mass before. I was rather worried they would call us up to do whatever it is you do with the host and the wine, but fortunately we didn’t have to do that. The choir was of course outstanding and the accoustics were incredible. The whole experience was very special. Our final musical experience was actually devoid of music. We did a tour of the Opera house, which was very interesting, but didn’t attend a performance, as we couldn’t get tickets, and I didn’t fancy queueing up for 3 hours to stand through something that we didn’t know well, and there were only performances of less well-known operas on, so we decided to pass.

Our last day in Vienna we returned to Stefansplatz a bit( quick glass of white wine and marching band!) and then walked along the canal again to just chill out and try and take in all the sights. We were blessed with gorgeous hot weather, and chanced upon a cafe restaurant, amusingly named Tel Aviv beach, complete with sand, deck chairs, hummus and pita (which we didn’t eat) and a great view of the canal.

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Imperial Box at the Opera House

Thus ended our week and we now have a month to get ready for the next adventure- Sri Lanka! Bring it on…

 

 

The beautiful North

After showing our dear friends Renee and Barry around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea area we took a trip up to the North of Israel to attend the Jacobs Ladder Folk Festival and to show them a bit of the North of the country. On the way up I had to work in Yaffo,so D showed them around the Ancient Port of Jaffa,and then we jumped in the car and set off,stopping en route to have lunch on the beautiful beach front of Natanya. We ate sandwiches looking at the sea, and marvelled at the blue sky and warm weather,despite it being December.

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Natanya Sky

On arrival at the site of the festival, Nof Ginossar we settled into our rooms in the Village,signed in to the festival, and checked out the performers. The festival runs over Friday evening and all day Saturday, and is a wonderful mix of folk,rock,blues and jazz music in a great atmosphere.Our family has been going for many years and we love the informal feel and the whole experience of being detached from TV,radio,politics and the like for a whole weekend.It is truly refreshing. The venue,perched on the Sea of Galilee, is always attractive.You can stroll around the kibbutz and check out the Jesus Boat which was found onsite. The next morning we really enjoyed the massive breakfast,and the whole festival was a blast.

Breakfast at Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

Breakfast at Nof Ginosar Kibbutz Hotel

Once the festival was over, on Saturday afternoon we drove round the Sea of Galilee to Yavne’el a small village in the Galilee area where we had booked an Air BnB place for the night at the house of Lesley, a place called Tuscany in the Galilee.The place was a little hard to find,but Lesley’s baker husband Menny directed us to the place over the phone.We found the most charming house built on a hill which had a superb view of the whole area from our balcony window.We chatted a bit with Lesley and went to bed.The breakfast,which Lesley (from Colchester in the UK) had apologized the night before would only be “continental” was in fact a superb spread of freshly baked cakes,croissants and foccaccia, served with freshly squeezed orange juice from the oranges on the neighbour’s tree,and fresh coffee.It was all just too wonderful,just look!

Breakfast in Yavne'el

Breakfast in Yavne’el

View from the balcony,Yavne'el

View from the balcony,Yavne’el

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View of Yavneel

Lesley explained that they run a coffee place in Ramat Gan,and every week,Menny comes home to do the baking and then takes everything down there to sell.On our last day up north we went round the Sea of Galilee again and up north to Katzrin,the Capital of the Golan since Biblical times.We visited the ancient Synagogue there and then went on to do a guided tour of the Katzrin Winery which was both interesting and tasty.WE saw the whole of the wine production process and got to taste 3 different wines at the end.

The Katzrin Winery

The Katzrin Winery

We would have loved to show Renee and Barry some additional sites in the North, such as Rosh Hanikra on the Lebanese border,or Pekiin, a village where Jews and Arabs have lived together peaceably for generations,but it was beginning to get late and we had a long drive ahead of us back to Jerusalem.So there is always more to see next time.

Partying with the Boy

This weekend felt like we had been hit with “party whirlwind”.Our elder son arrived for a visit to China,part business and part pleasure. He wanted to meet potential leads for his new business Shapedo,but of course also to play the tourist a little,and spend some time with us.We have really not spent a lot of time together since we have been in China for the last 3 years, and have only been back on short visits.So naturally we were pretty excited to have him come up to Xiamen, He flew in to Hong Kong and spent a couple of days with an old friend of ours who lives there. He seems to have been wined and dined there.Then he went over to Shenzhen to check out a makers fair there. The original plan was for him to get a train up to Xiamen from there. We had already taken into account the long Holiday weekend of May 1st here in China, and that was why the plan was for our son to stay put over that time and not attempt to travel.It is well known that the holiday weekend is mayhem here,due to the large numbers of Chinese on the move.However, there were no train tickets to be had.So he finally flew in to Xiamen Airport following a mysterious 2 hour delay,caused by “military activity” in Fujian province (who knew?)

We pretty much spent the whole time he was here with friends,partying and eating.He was keen to sample the “strange foods” he had heard about in China,and was certainly not shy to give that a go. He had various kinds of seafood (sea cucumber,oysters) and even some frog.Actually I gave that a go too and it was pretty good.Maybe some of those seafood things are not so unusual but in Israel they are hard to come by.

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Baby lobsters?

 

One evening we had dinner with our upstairs neighbour Alex at a new HotPot place that just opened across the street- 45 RMB for unlimited hotpot serve yourself from the moving carousel and drop items into the bubbling sauce of your choice.

We also had dinner with our student friends at XMUT- a group of people that  we have become very close with since we prepared them for Speaking competitions here over the last two years.I think it was really a good experience and a lot of fun.

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Dinner with Shirley,Witty,Judy,Daniel and Edison

 

We also had dinner with another very good friend,Daniel Chen.He is a guy from Taiwan whom we met on our way to Taiwan last year,when he  helped us out with our ferry tickets.Since he lives and works here in Xiamen very near to us we spend a lot of time with him,and he loves to take us out for dinner and drinks.He insisted it was his turn to invite us out,and took us to a Western style restaurant downtown.We were joined by a French guy called Gilles who is also in the 3-D printing industry.He wanted to meet our son so we asked Daniel if it was okay for him to join us at the restaurant.

 

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Later we went to a bar at Haiwan Park called La Havana, and were joined by our lovely friend Hamburger.

But maybe the highlight was the Farewell Party for our Italian friend Celeste.She is a teacher of Italian at Jimei University who is going to Beijing for a couple of months,and by the time she returns to Xiamen we will be gone.She invited some friends to party with her at her apartment,and we figured that there were people from at least 8 different countries speaking  a babble of Chinese,English,Italian,French and Hebrew there. Celeste regaled us with Spaghetti bolognaise and other Italian delights and of course the alcohol flowed freely.(An enebriated Hamburger singing with a bottle of Qingdao Beer as a microphone was part of the entertainment). We all had an amazing time.We realized how many friends we have made in our time here and how much we are going to miss the people and the lifestyle here.

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Celeste’s Farewell Party

We did do a little sight-seeing too.We showed our son the beautiful campus of Xiamen University,the Nanputuo Temple nearby and our friend Hamburger who works as a tour guide sometimes took us around.We also spent a day going around Jimei,to show him the less touristy side of Xiamen.

 

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tan Kah Kee Monument,Jimei

 

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Campus of the Famous Xiamen University

So now those amazing 5 days are over,it’s back to work (but only for another 4 weeks) and our son has departed for the delights of Shanghai.We will teach here till beginning of June,which is the end of the semester and then will be off to Thailand and Laos.Stay tuned…..

Winding up and heading out…

I have not blogged for a while, as I have been busy testing students for their final oral exam,and filling in grades and doing paperwork.We have now done everything and have just 2 more classes tomorrow in which I show the students a movie and say goodbye.

Also we seem to have started a sort of English Club at a nearby Cafe called the Green Cafe,owned by a Chinese Dude called,strangely enough Cohen. We started off by having a sort of meeting of Couchsurfing people from Jimei area who were all students of course.So we met at Green bar and Cohen gave us drinks for free and supplied a guitar.We wended up teaching them to sing “Two Chinese with a big violin” (Israeli silly song) which they translated into Chinese.It was pretty hilarious. Now every day the kids are asking me when we are coming back.We have been kind of busy but are in daily messaging contact with them and Cohen also helped me to find a dry cleaners’ Anyhow Green bar has become our local haunt and hopefully we will drop in there a lot next semester too.

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The Orchestra

We have had a few fun outings recently-First we were invited to a (free) concert by the Xiamen something Orchestra to commemorate 30 years of International cooperation. There was a quartet from Germany (actually each player was indeed from another country) then the Chinese orchestra and for the finale all the musicians together. Works were by Brahms,Mozart,Gershwin and some Chinese composer.It was lovely and we enjoyed it immensely.The university took us from our apartment and returned us home afterwards. Then one day we went out for dinner with our friends Hamburger,Jenny,Bree to celebrate Jennifer’s birthday.We discovered that “KungFu Noodles” are noodles made next to your table with KungFu moves,and then the noodles are deposited in your soup.
All very exciting. This Sunday we will have a “See you Later” party in our apartment for Jen who is off to do her Masters Degree in Connecticut.It is sad to say goodbye to her,hence the choice of name “See You Later”.

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Yesterday we went downtown to have coffee with a Chinese English teacher at XMUT called Laura.She lives on Xiamen Island with her French husband.Her English is wonderful and we had a very pleasant morning with her.We then went to the Seashine Department store to spend the 2000RMB that the school Labour Union kindly gave us  as a present.

On June 20th we fly to South Korea for a holiday,and then to Hong Kong for a few days before we fly home.The Servas lady who is hosting us in Seoul says we can leave our big suitcases with her,so that is wonderful

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Cref’s Class -one of my favourites

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Hanging out with Laura

Finally we had a terrible accident here in XIamen last week when a BRT bus exploded,it is not yet clear whether this was indeed caused by some guy committing suicide,or whether it was a police coverup of a safety accident,as some Chinese netizens are claiming.  Whichever,,it was a horrible accident in which 47 people were killed,many of them students returning home after the national GaoKao examination. Don’t want to dwell on that,as these terrible things happen everywhere,as was proved today after everyone had self righteously rolled their eyes at the baby discovered in the toilet pipe.Today Sky News published that a 24 year old mother in Birmingham threw her 5 days old  kid down a garbage shute and caused skull fracture and brain damage.

But I digress.this is not my usual blog-style -SORRY!

Stay tuned for South Korea….

Not so great things in China-post for my critics

Lots of people keep saying “It can’t all be so great-you are only describing the wonderful things and leaving out the bad things” and I admit that I have a tendency to do that,being an optimistic person(though not according to Mr Piglet). So here goes with the things that can be taxing,trying or downright disgusting in China.

Of course the first one everyone is thinking about is toilets.Yes I know you all envision horrid holes in the ground and so forth. Now for me this has been a real eye-opener. I mean yes they are all squats,and no you don’t get toilet paper and towels.But actually I have found the squats to be frequently a lot cleaner than public toilets back home and frankly now I am used to it and go everywhere with tissues and wipes in my bag it really is not an issue. Plus,public toilets are in abundance in China unlike the West,and they are mostly cleaned on a regular basis. Compare that to France (5* hotel with crappy facilities out back) or our beloved Tahana Merkazit in Tel Aviv.

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People fall asleep all over the place -just about anywhere

Spitting and other weird public “waste disposal”-okay I admit this one still grosses me out.I mean it’s not even so much the spitting but more the accompanying hoicking noise which I really hate. also little kids peeing in public I find a bit harder to take.

Pavements- (or for my US readers “sidewalks”) tend to be disastrous in China. I don’t know why they insist on having the guidelines for the blind down the middle of the pavement when I have yet to see a single blind person walking down the sidewalk using it to navigate.It is just bizarre.

Shoddy building and plumbing- buildings have no insulation and therefore get too hot and too cold,and frequently have an unfinished feel to them.The plumbing doesn’t work and of course the tap water is undrinkable,and here in Xiamen has a weird colour. Of course all these things have solutions,but this seems to be something that is hard to fix in China. I am not sure why.

Fireworks- well this doesn’t really bother me but some people find it hard to take,things going bang at all hours of the day and night especially Saturday morning 7am.

Language- well of course being a foreigner here and not being able to read anything or make yourself understood is a serious drawback.It can sometimes be frustrating, difficult and really annoying to feel like an illiterate idiot.But I can hardly blame China for that one,right?

Overcrowding and pushing- well again here there are SO many people it is really not the fault of the Chinese that there are so many of them and they are trying to fix this problem.

But the upshot of it is that when you go to get on the bus or train there tend to be a lot of other people there doing the same thing,not to mention at festivals and holidays when travelling is really not recommended.

Weird foods- well of course for me one of the attractions of travelling is trying weird foods. But in China some of them just don’t appeal to me- in fact breakfast here sucks in my humble opinion. Eating chicken feet,stinky tofu or durian fruit just don’t do it for me.

I am sure there are many other things that would bother others here,for me those are the main things.Hope this has enlightened and made you realize that i am not turning into a brainwashed Commie or anything. Stay tuned for the New Years’ Eve bash.

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Weird sign on Gulangyu ferry boat -not entirely sure what they mean!

Thank god that week is over

Well it seems like a lot has happened since my last post. This is mainly because,last weekend, instead of going away on a 2 day trip to Yongding to visit the Tulou villages we paid a visit to the hospital.Before everyone gets alarmed everything is fine. But on  Thursday evening I contemplated a mole (in an unspecified location) and noticed that not only had it not cleared up,since if originally looked like a sore of some kind,but it had spread,and it was definitely unsymmetrical and longer than 1 cm and two different shades of brown( all the stuff that Dr Internet says is BAD). So at around 3 am I told D that I thought we needed to cancel the trip and go to the Hospital for a biopsy.

SO we unpacked our packs,sent a text message to David,the teacher we had arranged to travel with,and headed off to the Taiwanese owned hospital.There within 10 minutes we were seen by a dermatologist,who said”Yes you need a skin biopsy. You will get the result in a week”. I then went to pay and was led into another room where the lovely young doctor sliced the whole thing out and put in about  11 stitches.This took quite a while and meanwhile D was pacing up and down outside. But the doc spoke really good English,was very gentle and explained all the time what she was doing. SO we then picked up the gauze and ointment we had to put on the wound for a week and headed home with a very weird feeling.

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The rest of the week passed by not thinking about Friday.

We did all the usual at the university,taught classes, coached the speech team,had dinner at the restaurant on Wednesday with the other teachers,(great fun) and refused to think about the biopsy results.Finally Friday arrived. We asked the university for someone to come with us this time,because if we needed to ask any questions we wanted to understand what we were being told.Jessie from the International Office,whose English is excellent,agreed to accompany us and met us at the Hospital at 9am. And then we went in and the Doc just said” the result is good” and so we said” so you mean it is okay? ” and he said yes!Phew! huge relief. Now we can go on having fun here.

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Me and Ivy at HuangCuo Beach

Meanwhile we have explored some new corners of town. Tonight there is a Halloween Party which I think we are not up for. But tomorrow is a beach party,so we will check that out. We went around Jimei a bit, which we really like a lot. It is kind of suburban and quiet. And we also went back to the beach area with our friend Ivy,who also took us to a local seafood restaurant,which looked really drab from outside but was fantastic. The place where the weekly teachers’ nosh is held every Wednesday evening in JImei is called “Hao Pengyou” which means “Good Friends” and it really rocks. It brews its own beer which is fantastic.

So sorry if this post was a bit odd,but everything is fine now. And I DID need to get it out of my system.