Often our blog posts are centered on recent ministry events or language learning. And, while both are those things are important, this time we wanted our blog post to be a little more personable. So, we thought we write about what a day in our life looks like, giving you a window into our world here in Taiwan.
Yesterday, Monday, marked the beginning of a new and busy week, just like everywhere else around the world. Since our weekends are typically very full, Monday is more of our Sabbath day, although we are often still quite busy! After coffee and breakfast at home, our morning was spent writing reports for Chinese class and reviewing characters. This is typical of most mornings, not just Mondays 🙂 We left on our bicycles for class around 11:40p.m., quickly realizing as we stepped outside that summer is fast approaching (we were both quite sweaty after only a 10 min ride!) We made a quick stop at our language school’s cafeteria to pick up lunch (which we eat everyday during the two 10-min break periods of class). Yesterday’s lunch was from the vegetarian buffet. For $1.20 one can get rice (the healthy purple colored rice!) and their choice of 4 different vegetables or fruit. It is then packed tightly into a paper lunch box, which we then take to class. Our class begins at 12:00p.m. and goes until 3p.m. By the end of the 3hrs., our heads often hurt from all the Chinese!
After class a quick stop was made by the local grocery store to pick up a few items for dinner and to make a dessert for that evening’s English cell group, which is held in our apartment. So, after returning home, Kelley quickly got busy in the kitchen and within a couple hours had made a few dozen Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (all baked in an oven about a foot high and wide, with no mixer!) and prepared an Indonesian dish for dinner called “Rin Dong”. This dish contains potatoes, carrots, snap peas, onions, all stewed in a special Indonesian sauce then eaten over rice. Yum! While Kelley was cooking, Erich was busy studying, and listening to a seminary lecture.
Our cell group begins at 7p.m. on Monday nights, but between the afternoon and 6:40p.m. we learned that over half our group was either sick or unable to come. So, we met with the 3 who came, but rather than following our typical schedule, we enjoyed an evening of fellowship, brainstorming ideas for when several new people arrive this summer to join us in ministry, and munching on cookies.
Around 9:30p.m. our house was once again empty (our house guest is traveling the island this week!), and we used the time to call the States and talk with some family. The later hours of the evening quickly passed by and before we knew it, it was mid-night, way past our usual bed time!
So, that’s what our yesterday was like. Hope it helps give you a better picture of life here!