third Christmas

My third Christmas in China was interesting. I missed The Bella Italiana, for we had a nice Christmas last year. It didn’t start out that way, tho. My third year away from family and friends, spending in another Christmas in a foreign country with a foreign culture. In case you didn’t know, Chinese don’t celebrate Christmas. Now that there are many foreigners here, most places do decorate. But not that it’s of any importance to them.

Third Christmas in China and I had nothing to do… except work.

In the morning I spoke to my parents. I missed them so much! My sister talked about all the good food she made and ordered. Tears were not far. Work called, of course. Spent two hours preparing a student for his TOEFL exam, that was kind of fun. I showed him videos and pictures of my country, he was so impressed. He told me it was the first tim in his life he had seen A REAL FOREST, real trees, real rapids, everything so real! That’s one of the things I learned in China: how to value my country!

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My third Christmas in China I spent with one of my students. We took a selfie afterwards.

This was the first day of Christmas, December 25. After we had our class, we took a selfie together. Now, I know my forehead is very shiny and not small. This used to bother me  a lot, but now… I don’t give a shit. It’s something I can’t change, so I’ve accepted it. Now I think it’s part of my charm, LOL! Afterwards he helped me take a picture in the lobby of the Kempinski Hotel in Xiamen.  The school I work for rents out THREE FLOORS in this hotel.

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Me with my new friend in front of the Christmas tree in the Kempinsky lobby.

Later that night, I had dinner with one of my friends, Felix. We went to iEasy, an “Italian” restaurant. It doesn’t really taste the same, but it’s OK. The next day, I had an early dinner with another student and friend, Bowie. We went to a restaurant not far from my school and we ate a TOAD!

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With my student and friend, Bowie. I had a lovely toad dinner, LOL! No idea why I have this sinister look on my face, but I assure you, I was thinking happy thoughts, LOL!

The week before Christmas, one of my classmates made ALL OF US lunch! She is an amazing cook, I buy food from her regularly. My second month here I spent more than 500 RMB a month on her food! It can get quite expensive, but at least I don’t get diarrhea. Are you wondering about my hairdo? Click here for more information on that part.

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This is some SPICY salad! My nose ran the entire time I ate it!

Now the salad in this picture is VERY GOOD! But SO SPICY! All of the Thai students said, “If it’s not spicy, it’s not good!” The food was great, but my ass wasn’t so happy the next day, HIHI.

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This is chicken, real chiken, LOL!

I need to find out the name of this dish, because I LOVE IT! It is chicken in some kind of sauce. Either I learn the name, or I learn te recipe. If I ask her, I think she’ll be willing to teach me.

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Cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake! Made by my friend, Rania.

This cake was made by my friend, Rania. We met the year I first came here, but we became closer when I started my natural hair journey. She does my hair from time to time. Now we’re in the same class, because she failed last year. The cake she baked is pretty good.

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My classmates and I. I am waaaay in the back! U can’t miss me, I am one of two Black girls, LOL!

The girl in front, you can’t see her mouth, that is Best, our cook! I love this year’s classmates!

And this, ladies and gents, concludes how I spent my third Christmas in China.