My first photograph below shows me, Principal Lee (headmistress of the school where I shall teach English), Danny (the 15 year old son in my new family) and Andie (我的中文老师), who taught at GWC last year.
We were on an outing for lunch to welcome me. We were all treated to beef noodles as well as some extra dishes that appeared courtesy of Principal Lee's husband’s extensive "connections" around Tainan.
Today was also the day I said farewell to my mother as she has headed to Taipei for her flight back to the UK. I can’t decide if that’s a good thing or not. Obviously less embarrassing without her, but it also means that my translator has gone and I shall be forced to speak Mandarin Chinese.
Unfortunately (I mean fortunately), I have already been cornered on my way from the house to the University where I shall be attending Chinese language classes. There was no way out - I had to explain my presence to a security guard. Let’s put it this way: it was a far longer interaction than it needed to be, but eventually I succeeded in persuading him that my visit was legitimate!
So, there we have it. I’m in Taiwan at last. I have landed on my feet with a lovely family. The headmistress seems to recognise that I shall be much more productive if I am well fed. And I have seen some familiar faces, including Andie and my exchange student from S2, Paige. My next challenge is getting up in time for school. More about my new school anon…