Most of September was pretty uneventful here in the ‘du. There was teaching and grading, a “Back to School” night, professional development days encroaching on weekends, and picture days. There were plenty of opportunities, of course, to hang out with friends: we indulged in manicures, grabbed drinks at The Lazy Pug, met to discuss the book All the Light We Cannot See, and explored Taikoo Li (where Lucy had never been before).
In early September, the staff also attended the big CISA mixer (Chengdu International School Association) that was hosted by a school called Leman. The mixer was held at a lake this year almost an hour south of us. When we heard it was going to be held at a lake, in true QSI form, we decided to go all out and dress up as pirates. We ordered t-shirt and pirate gear (which, of course, promptly broke) from Taobao. At the mixer, teachers were given the opportunity to swim, canoe, ride jet skis, etc. Of course, this is all while consuming alcohol, so…I kinda spent most of the night just watching out for others, making sure no accidents happened. Fortunately, everyone made it back safely.
At the end of September, I also got to take another trip out of town. Lucy, Alicia, Kerensa, and I went to Zhuhai for the Moon Festival weekend to see former coworkers & Chengdu residents. Although we didn’t end up seeing everyone (Sigh. Isn’t that the way life always goes?), I really enjoyed getting to spend time with those we did see.
We ended up spending Saturday in Macau where we toured the Venetian, meandered around a very Portuguese section of Macau, celebrated Lucy’s birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe, and randomly found–and attended–a Bon Jovi concert. I couldn’t believe how fast the weekend flew by though. All too soon it was time to hail a cab, grab our flight, and head back to Chengdu for the last few days of teaching before our “October National Day” Holiday kicked in…