Beginning the long week of Goodbyes – with Peking Duck

Tonight the Sunday English class took us to a fantastic restaurant for Peking Duck. We had a great time getting to talk and laugh, and it only makes us realize that much more how we’re going to miss everyone. Man, that sounds so depressing. We leave Taiwan one week from today, so all of the “you’re leaving we need to do something” events are happening. Which is great! Except for the leaving part.

Some additional firsts/fun stuff at dinner tonight:

  • having traditional Peking Duck for the first time
  • laughing at our friends for laughing at us because they saw us laughing at one of them when he, upon closer examination of the Pope’s Nose (duck’s tail/butt meat), declared it (in all innocence): “a**hole”
  • trying duck brains right out of the head (tastes sort of like squishy hard boiled egg yolk).

Tomorrow night we’re having hotpot with the young people’s group. Wén-dí is about as tall and skinny as me, and I’ve already challenged him to an eating contest. From what I’ve heard, though, I think I’ll lose. Sunday night it’s a party at our place. Jessica is cooking enchiladas and we’re playing má jiàng. Tuesday there’s a trip to night market specializing in Chinese New Year stuff with Mingdaw, and Wednesday we’re having dinner with Lǎo Zhào. I don’t know what happens after that – I suppose we’ll start thinking about packing. We leave Friday for Chiang Mai, Thailand.

6 thoughts on “Beginning the long week of Goodbyes – with Peking Duck”

  1. Dears,

    OH~~MY….

    I told Thomas you are leaving next week……..

    He wants me to type~~????~~for you, and thanks for sharing the good time with us.

    Still cannot imagine..YOU ARE LEAVING!! ????????

  2. I found your unfinished “Adventures in Taiwan” photo/scrap booking album downstairs. Remember to take lots of pictures with notes, and when we come to visit, I’ll bring it along so your memories can be scrap booked. It will be a treasure someday with all the wonderful friends you have made, and wonderful experiences too. I can’t believe you’re leaving already either! Seems like you just left Canada.

  3. Thanks for finding that for us…I’ve been thinking about it recently now that we’re wrapping things up here! Fortunately, all of our pics are digital now…and many are categorized on the blog, so we’ll remember when they were all taken. We can just get them printed out and then scrapbook away!

  4. duck brains… that may be the most disgusting thing you’ve eaten… in my opinion–although sucking marrow out of a bone is pretty gross too. yuck. :)

  5. ???, ??.

    ??? for your kind words. We are sad to leave PEI and all our new friends, co-workers, and students. In English we say this is “bitter-sweet” – when the “sweetness” and excitement of beginning Mandarin study in China is mixed with the “bitterness” of saying goodbye to so many people we care about. One year goes so fast!

    We’ve also enjoyed our time with Thomas. No doubt he has an incredible future ahead of him! We will still do some work for PEI from China (curriculum planning, etc.). We will be in regular contact with the school, and we plan to have some live video chats with the students eventually. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get to see Thomas and his PEI classmates again!
    – Joel

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