One month has gone and it flashed by so fast I hardly know where it went. In that time I've visited several classes to listen in and answer questions, been to meals and coffees umpteen times, obtained a few Facebook friends, been taken to a Buddhist temple, and been to two weddings.We've also seen Independence Day and the Hungry Ghost and Mid-Autumn festivals go by. Independence Day (from the French 2nd September) was just as we arrived and flags were han...
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You begin with the implements. Take a tissue (or more often than not a small square of cut paper) and carefully wipe the chopsticks and spoon. We felt a bit uncomfortable doing this at first, thinking it smacked of Western arrogance - but it has to be done. Then the cup or glass. Pour a dash of tea, swirl it round and tip it on the floor/footpath/nearest pot plant or into the bin which is sometimes under the table. Tea comes with everything, even coffee and the m...