Shrimping (like the locals)

October 17th, 2014

Friday night was finally here, which means I could wind down from the work week. It had been kind of a busy week back from a long weekend. I was in a review unit with my Tree House 1 class, and they are already a handful as it is, so I had a lot to prepare for the class. After teaching 3 units there is a review unit and a cumulative test. I also have to prepare progress reports for each kid to tell the parents how their child is doing in my class. My Tree House 1 class has 20 students so there was a lot to do.

I hadn’t seen my friend, Dan, all week. He traveled to Hong Kong over the long weekend and I wanted to hear all about it. I proposed that we hangout that Friday night and chat about our vacations while we participate in a local past-time: shrimping.

Shrimping is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You fish for shrimp.

Both Dan and I did not know what to do so we just showed up at the shrimping place, and Dan spoke to the woman through very broken Chinese. We paid 250NT (8.33USD) for one fishing pole to shrimp for an hour. The woman showed us how to put the bait on the rod, and after losing several shrimp to poor fishing skills, she also showed us how to “reel” the shrimp in. Once we finally caught a shrimp we were jumping up and down, but then just stood there because we didn’t know how to get the shrimp off the hook. I felt so sorry for the poor owner because we were useless novice shrimpers.

Finally, we knew how to catch the shrimp, reel them in, and take them off the hook ourselves. We spent the rest of our hour shrimping, drinking a Taiwanese beer, and chatting about our long 10.10 weekends. It was an overall chill, relaxing time.

Once you are done shrimping you can request to get your shrimp barbecued for you. The cost was supposed to be 100NT (3USD), but when I went to pay they refused to take my money. We caught a total of 4 shrimp, so we each ate 2. The shrimping owner put this salt rub on the shrimp, and they were pretty tasty.

Never would have guessed that shrimping would be a local past-time, but each country has their own unique traits. The next time I am in the mood for a chill evening I will definitely go again. Plus, I feel like having me there is like free entertainment for all the locals. They can watch the ridiculous foreigner shrimp!

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