Within the last two weeks, I have been eating out mostly due to the lack of a real kitchen and I noticed a few things. First, I'm never sure what I'm eating but it tastes so good. And second, they keep the meat on the bone while they cook. Keeping the meat on the bone gives the dish more flavor and more restaurants in the States need to do this.
I went to a western restaurant because I was craving American food. I decided to order a pasta dish with marinara sauce and chicken. Usually in the States, the restaurant gives you boneless chicken but at this one they kept the chicken AND SKIN on the bone and it was amazing. I also don't understand why most restaurants take off the skin cause that's such a yummy part too!
The weather outside has been beautiful (but hot) the last few days so I hate being cooped up in the office. However, right now I don't mind it at all since it is pouring down so hard outside. The weather reminds me a lot of Miami because it can get unbearably hot and muggy but hopefully it will go down when the school year starts.
The last week has been a little boring just because classes haven't started yet. I take a 15 minutes metro from Tsim Sha Tsui to Kwai Fong where I transfer to a bus that takes another 15-20 minutes to Park Island. When I get to the school, I go over the lesson plans that the previous English teacher has left. Finally, I take the opposite route home. Then, this cycle repeats.
Yesterday, I came across one of my worst nightmares in real life: cat cafés. If you know me, then you know that I'm allergic to cats and am a huge dog person so coming across cat cafés has me less than thrilled.
What are cat cafés? Cat Cafés are themed cafés where cats walk around and customers can play with them. Depending where you go, you can just buy an item off the menu or pay per hour just to play with them. The café my friends and I ate at had just one cat walking around but apparently, there are cafés that have multiple cats.
I can't believe I have been here for a week already. Honestly, it flew by so fast. When I first arrived, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to adapt and I thought I would have a huge culture shock but surprisingly I am very comfortable here. I think my Uncle has been a major factor to settling in Hong Kong.
Anyway, I finally met my boss John at Eureka and he's from New York also so it's nice to have someone here with a similar background. I met with him today to sign my final contract and he told me he was surprised by how comfortable I am already. I will be teaching at CCC Kei Wei in Ma Wan on Park Island. It's in more of a residential area of Hong Kong and my commute is about 35 minutes but the school is in such a gorgeous location that it's almost unreal. There's a beach right by the school and there are a lot of boats that can be seen among the different islands surrounding Park Island.
Today is the day that I am starting my year journey to Hong Kong. I will be teaching English to primary school students starting September 1st. I'm really excited about this new opportunity and I can't thank Domingo and Edel enough.
My flight leaves bright and early from JFK at 7:30 where I will be on a plane for a total of 20 hours. Unlike most people, I actually really love planes so I'm excited for this plane ride. The only thing I'm not excited about is my layover in Seattle. But it's okay cause I upgraded for extra leg room and apparently, you get free alcohol so I may or may not be drunk on my flight to Hong Kong.
The next time I post, I will be out of the United States and in Hong Kong!!!
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