Friday, December 12, 2008
So, yes it actually gets cold here- I never thought that it would happen. It is a very different kind of cold though. I will have on the two sweater I brought, pants, gloves, and a scarf and then find out that it really is 69 degrees outside! It's so funny. Driving to church on my scooter gets really cold- as you see with my lovely outfit.
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 8:06 PM
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 7:53 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This is our hostel- I almost had to sleep with a man. But after the lady saw my face she said she would make him sleep somewhere else. Thank goodness!
Lindsey and I could not get kindergarten songs out of our head so we resorted to the ipod. It was our curse for missing Morning Kindergarten. "Daddy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow.." Oh great, now it's in my head again :)
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 5:29 AM
Sunday, November 2, 2008
This is an activity gone completely wrong... but hey, we made up our own thing and I think they ended up being quite cute pizza people. I was so excited to eat mozzerella cheese! It is SO expensive and hard to get here so I don't get it very often.
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 8:55 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
They gave us these leaves to rub on our goggles and we couldn't quite figure out what they were for. Most of us were slightly confused- especially me. Pay close attention to Shannon's hair, it is awesom. Love ya Shannon!
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 4:28 AM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is us going into the Bat Cave
That night we stayed in a hostle that was REALLY nice considering we are in Taiwan! We felt very lucky and crashed on the on the long bed because we were so exhausted from the day. We got up the next morning and went RIVER RAFTING! I think this one one of the most amusign experience I have ever had in the water. Just imagine 200 Asians and 10 White Americans charging to their rafts after watching a video ( that we couldn't understand) and with NO guides on the boat. The Asians were all wearing jeans and sweaters- what is this we are rafting, shouldn't one be wearing a swimming suit??? Well we jump in and head out and basically is is a 4hr long water fight. Seriously, the whole time people were throwing water at us- it was insane!! This made me laugh.. so you know how I said we didn't have a guide, well to send us in the write direction they had about 10 motor boats that would just come up and run into you to turn your raft around or the make you go the right way. It was so bazerre. THey didn't even care if they ran straight into a person ( I think my leg almost got taken off more then once) and they thought it was so funny! Weird. Unfortuantely I was not able to get a video of this :(. So we did really well the whole way down and then they made us hook up to 4 other boats to make a chain (we still don't know why) and we got swung into a wall and tipped over. The 10 Americans were sent frlying and it was a huge ordeal getting every one out of the water. My friends thought I was dead because I got put on a different boat with some very nice Asian friends that didn't speak any english- but they found me and I survived.Look forward to part two of my blog coming soon!
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 9:37 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
On Sunday, September 20th Lindsey and I took a little trip to Chunghua after church. Our great friends are wonderful and showed us around their city. Here in Chunghua, they have a HUGE Buddha. This Buddha weighs 300 tons. You could actually go inside him, it was cool!
Behind Buddha is a Confucius Temple. It is one of Taiwan's oldest temples. It was BEAUTIFUL! Inside they have many different Buddhas and this huge sward that we could try and pick up.... I think I made it move a little bit, I swear!
After exploring Buddha and the Temple, we walked around the grounds. We saw a cute old man meditating and he welcomed us to Taiwan. So nice. We got a little crazy, but hey, we love these pictures. Can you just feel the action?
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 9:13 PM
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Me- "This is pink pig. What is this?"
Me- "Yes, this is a pink pig"
The last few weeks I have had the "Story and Drama" rotation so my children are now very good at saying, "Little pig, Little pig. Can I come in? NO! NO! NO! You can not come in!" I think they say that just about every time we see a door.
After the day is over, we count our tokens (yes, they get a token every time they say something correctly) and head back to the group for closing.
Closing is usually a time of utter chaos.... The children don't want to sit there, us teachers are tired and our voices hurt. We attempt at some more singing and language practice and then we do our beloved "Rain Song". For some reason the children love this song and will sit quietly on their mat doing a little dance and we have 3 minutes of peaceful singing.. It is really cute! Often times Oscar will fall asleep while sitting there, Owen will be rubbing my leg (he loves the feel of smooth legs), and Cooper will be dancing like crazy.
Finally, Kindergarten has come to a close. I clock out, grab my stuff and leave the Old School with 27 children yelling "Good Bye" in English and Spanish. By this point I am exhausted and I have no voice. I hop on my bike and ride back over the the New School (where I live) in the blazing sun and cloudy skies to eat lunch and get ready for my next class :)
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 1:44 AM
Friday, September 5, 2008
One of the World’s Tallest Buildings
I looked very excited in this picture- someone told me I actually almost look Asian :) The other picture is us eathing at Subway... The first lunch meat I have had in 2 months!!! It was SO good! Well, this trip was a great adventure and i had so much fun. Taipei, I will be back soon!
Posted by Rachelle Ashely Tuttle at 10:47 PM