I have seriously NEVER hand washed so many clothes at one time! We first pulled out about 3o shoes and 30 headpieces to air dry in the sun....then washed and dried about 30 some costumes, and each costume has about 4 separate pieces !
the girls' headpieces
so this was our process....
1. A-li and I would let one type of clothing soak in a tub and then wash them
2. then I would rinse them thoroughly
3. A-li would rinse them again to make sure they are REALLY clean and soak them in fragrant water to let the clothes smell nice and clean
4. Ne-vu would hang and dry the clothing
I really like the boys' vests
during our lunch break we left a sign to make sure people didn't steal any of the clothing! last week someone stole two of A-li's new bras :(
Principal Ma's friend who is a teacher at a nearby middle school came by to interview A-li and Ne-vu about the Vox Nativa Music School of Taiwan...they discussed what made their weekend school so special
before I came to Luo Na Elementary...I've never seen tea be prepared this way...it's a whole complicated process with an interesting looking contraption. I wish I had a better picture!
Around 4:30, Principal Ma took me to another elementary school because he was supposed to judge their parade. It's a shame my camera battery was completely depleted, and I had to borrow Principal Ma's camera.
On the way over he showed me a school that was completely destroyed by last year's typhoon .
Isn't that insane?! They don't plan to build the school here again, but they aren't sure where it will be built.
this used to be their playground area
I asked where their temporary school relocated to, and luckily on the way we passed their current temporary school.
there are only 4 little buildings.. they sort of remind me of trailers
this school only has 30 kids total!
the school that Principal Ma was asked to visit only has 48 kids total! These two schools are deeper into the mountains.
the are we were in is famous for their olong tea! miles and miles of tea leaves!
and their parade begins!
Not only did all of the elementary school students participate, but all of their parents did too!
they definitely slowed down traffic!
The parade was really fantastic :) Everyone had so much energy, and they paraded for a very long time! Kudos to all of them! Eventually the parade stopped at this tea garden place.....wherever it was...there were so many beautiful flowers!
Lesson of the day: always charge your camera batteries people! I'm so sad mine died halfway through the day...
I'm not sure if there is more stuff to organize tomorrow, but hopefully I'll have time to sit in 1st grade's Chinese class!
Off to bed,