It sucks. Plain and simple. When I studied abroad in Spain, I luckily didn't get sick once. I have no idea how but I didn't get sick from the abrupt climate change from cold to hot in Sevilla or from the water in Morocco or from traveling to a different country ever weekend. But almost 3 months in and I came down with a bit of a cold.
It started last Wednesday night when I noticed my nose was stuffed. The next day I felt a little congested but nothing to bad. By Friday, I was congested and had a cough. On Saturday, my entire body was sore, I had a headache, and was pretty fatigued. I decided to take it easy Saturday night. However, I still felt like crap on Sunday and had stomach issues as well. Somehow, I felt loads better the next day. I was still congested and had my cough but luckily no headaches, fatigue, or stomach problems. Now it's about a week later and boom I'm feeling like a real person again.
If you know me, you will know that October is my favorite month of the entire year. First, pumpkin everythinnnnnng. No to pumpkin spice lattes but yes to pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin muffins. Next, farms and apple orchard are the best. Why? Apple picking. Give me all the apples and apple cider please. Third, all the Halloween movies on Disney Channel plus all the horror movies. How can you not get hyped when Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus comes on? Or watching The Shining or The Conjuring. Finally, I love the change from summer to fall in October because it is the perfect weather.
However, I didn't get that same excitement this year. I realized it was October but it didn't register that my favorite time of the year was here. This is for a number of reasons. First, I have yet to see a pumpkin anywhere. Apparently, you can buy them at the supermarket but according to my colleague, they're expensive because they are exported. Next, apple picking is not happening here since there is no where to pick apples. Alongside that, I don't have a proper oven to bake anything. Third, I have no idea how to work our TV but I highly doubt we get Disney Channel here in Hong Kong. In addition to that, they don't celebrate Halloween like we do in the States. According to the other English teacher, children don't get dressed up and trick or treat nor do they acknowledge the holiday. Apparently, Halloween is seen as worshipping the devil. But the party scene is still pretty prominent for Halloween. AND finally, ITS STILL SO HOT HERE. I still go outside and sweat after walking for two minutes.
I did realize that the year was progressing because there is definitely more stress in the school. Why? Because midterms are approaching. It's still hard to wrap my head around a proper midterm block for children at this age but it's a different country with a different system. That being said, next Thursday starts the four day period of testing for the different grades. I don't teach any classes during those 4 days because of testing.
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