I turned twenty-three on Wednesday, September 12, and the birthday boy desired dumplings.
Jenny looks at the menu as our tea-water is conspicuously poured.
Ah, jiaozi ... you understand me like few foods do.
As it turned out, two of the Japanese teachers here in Jilin (Maiko and Sanae) both had birthdays on Friday, September 15 ... so an APB went out to all Jilin foreign teachers for a big dinner party on Saturday night.
So say hello to me, Joe (Korean student), Jay (American teacher at another school in Jilin), Sherry (Chinese teacher), Maiko (Japanese teacher), Sanae and Wakana (both Japanese teachers here at Beihua), Akira (another Japanese ... teacher?), Kevin (American teacher here at Beihua), Gavin (Chinese teacher), Greg (Australian teacher at the middle school), Jenny (Chinese teacher and de facto social coordinator), James and Jim (the final two Maryknoll teachers here in Beihua), Eric (Macanese student here at Beihua), Michelle (anti-donkey meat teacher somewhere in Jilin), and finally, back to a way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.
So, elliptical Joyce references aside, it was a great time, and I've got plenty more pictures, including a video of a very unique cake. But that'll have to wait for next time, because I just bought coffee beans and a hand grinder, and I feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
And I'd just like to wish a happy belated birthday to Marilyn, if she reads this; I can't leave messages on other blogs behind the Great (Fire)Wall, but I love the new blog, keep it up, and happy birthday. Oh, and thanks for the cornbread recipe.