11.08.2013 33 °C
5 days in to my Macau adventure and I figured I would write once more before starting work tomorrow. Its been a whirlwind of a week but each moment is so unique to anything I have ever experienced before. Prior to moving, I would get my adrenaline kicks from rock climbing or flyboarding...currently my adventures are figuring out what bus to get on and what street I am at. There is no doubt in my mind that my current adventures give me just as much of an adrenaline kick as before (although I did bring my climbing harness just in case!)!
I've decided that life is a lot more beautiful and manageable when you proactively create moments of awe. With that in mind, yesterday I decided to go exploring to the nearby area of Coloane. It is more of a rural section of Macau with huge Portuguese influence. It was a day full of getting lost but also finding lots of hidden beauty. I started off the day by getting of the bus that would take me in the direction needed. It was about a 30/40 minute bus ride and the bus was packed! I didn't have anywhere to hang on to so I soon learned the importance of strong core muscles as I attempted to stay upright throughout the whole journey. My first stop I got off at the Panda exhibit where I payed just over a dollar to visit a couple pandas. Pretty neat to see! The next destination on my list was the Coloane Village...unfortunately I missed that stop but fortunately I ended up at Cheoc Van Beach instead. I once again took a wrong turn so I didn't actually stand on the beach but rather took a hike along the rocky cliffs instead which was nice anyways! After being drenched in head to toe with sweat it was time to actually visit Coloane Village. Such a beautiful village! Full of character and charm! Beautiful churches, houses, and temples. That was it for the morning of exploring but I will head back to the area very soon for some hiking and chilling on the beach (I will remember to bring like 10 L of water though)! On the way back I actually had a seat on the bus which was nice! Got some perspective of the area such as where the Venetian and other big casinos were.
Before finishing this blog off for the night I got to commend the amazing school and staff that I will be working at and with this year. They have all been so friendly and helpful thus far. Everything from meeting up with me for a smoothie to talk about different school things to the headmaster inviting all the new teachers over for snacks and drinks so we could get to know each other. They make this huge change in my life so much easier!
Things I am learning so far:
- Charades is a vital life skill. Without acting abilities I would get no where in Macau!
- Personal bubbles are overrated!
- Air conditioning might be just as important of an invention as the wheel
I will write next week! Keep sending those messages to me...the love keeps me going