Though I wasn't quite ready for them at that time, we managed to pull everything together (with Ted's help) and had a fantastic time.
I made barbecue chicken for the first time (recipe here - I marinated mine in the sauce for about 6 hours before grilling), along with potato salad and grilled asparagus. I also taught two of my students how to make guacamole; everything from how to cut an avocado to how to smash it up with a fork. They had never had guacamole before, but they liked it!
My lone female student, Maggie, took over my kitchen upon arrival to make a big batch of Chinese dumplings (good thing I had actually gotten my cooking done ahead of time!).
|The boys, who were no doubt missing home and their mothers' cooking, wolfed down that whole platter in minutes.|
Basically, you have two boards set about 30 feet apart; each board has a small hole near the top. You take turns throwing bean bags (or corn bags, hence the name) onto the other board. If you land one on the board, you get 1 point. If you get one in the hole, you get 3 points. However, if your opponent also lands one on the board or in the hole, you lose that many points. You play until one team gets 21 points.
|The red team scores one point here, because they have one more bag on the |
board than the tan team.
My students quickly picked up on the rules, and we played for a long time. They really liked it.
They also taught me the Chinese way of choosing teams. Everyone who is playing stands in a circle, and on the count of three, everyone thrusts their hand into the middle with either palm up or palm down. The palm-up people are a team, and the palm-down people are a team. It worked out perfectly!
The evening included other entertainment as well. One of my students is a singer, trained in the bel canto (Italian opera) style. He has also taught himself to play the piano! So he played and sang for us, and I played and sang for them. We were all very impressed with each other. :)
So that's that! We're all glad the semester is coming to a close. Now time for summer vacation! (...after one last final exam at 8am on Friday morning... which is just cruel...)