On Thursday, December 27, we met the Woytowich's for an evening at the Paulenar, a German restaurant. We toasted to our new life in Chongqing together. We enjoyed BEER, soft pretzels, cheese sticks, sausage, sauerkraut, and the SUPER DOG!
We ordered two super dogs for the kids (Jake, Casey and Claire) innocently thinking it was a footlong hot dog. After waiting 45 minutes the SUPER DOG arrived....
It was TWO large bratwursts inside a full-sized baguette topped with ketchup, mustard, pickles, cucumbers, and kraut. We all had a good laugh and learned a valuable lesson: one super dog can feed an army!
On Friday, December 28 we toured with school with the Woytowich's. Claire, Casey and Jake enjoyed seeing their classrooms and felt comfortable at their new school. The school is called: Yew Chung International School (YCIS). There are 240 students in the school (grades Preschool-12th grade). Each classroom has an English speaking teacher and a Chinese teacher. Our kids will go to school with students from all around the world. After the tour we picked up their uniforms and went over details for the first day of school. On Tuesday, January 8 the bus will pick up Jake and Casey from our apartment complex. I was happy to hear I can ride with them on the first day and get them situated in their classrooms. I may need that extra security more than they will. We were told they will be "buddied up" with another child from their classroom and that buddy will show them the ropes of the school. The school day is 8a.m-3:30p.m., Monday-Friday. Starting in February there are after school activities on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays and Fridays after school we can sign them up for instrument lessons. I'm looking forward to all the new opportunities coming their way.
After we finished at YCIS we drove 5 minutes to Alpha Bakery, a cute place that was recommended to us by the other Ford families already here. The atmosphere was welcoming and the sandwiches were excellent. The kids especially liked the hot chocolate.
Chris with Paul and Alison Woytowich.