Today was very unusual for a Saturday... I only had 2 morning classes, then the afternoon and evening free! It was raining on and off all day, but when Mr Cuong came to pick me up at 11.45am I got him to follow Gene's taxi back to her place. She and Becki live in a house that is down a convoluted twist and turn of backstreets that you'd never find on a map... so I needed dear old Mr Cuong to know where to come and pick me up later! Every couple of weeks, they have open house and invite their local friends over for pancakes for breakfast on Saturday. I did plan to walk over this morning, but it was way too wet. Anyway, Gene invited me to come over and join them for pancakes for lunch instead... so with no classes pending, that's what I did.
Their house is an upmarket version of ours... similar layout, but with a proper kitchen and two fabulous outdoor living/utility areas on the roof - one covered and one open to the sky. Everything is bigger and more open. This is the main room, with the kitchen in the back.
We were joined by a Philippino teacher from their last school, Bonali, and her husband and son. Gene and Becki have three cats and an old dog who have travelled the world with them. One of the cats comes from Kazakhstan, where Becki taught several years ago.
We enjoyed an Amerian brunch of pancakes and maple syrup (and peanut butter) and yes, these two Americans really know how to make pancakes!
Mr Coung came and picked me up at 2pm and I went home for a lazy afternoon snoozing and blogging. And I got to talk to Rhonda Gray on skype, too... for an hour and a half... which seemed like 15 minutes!
We went to his favourite Chinese restaurant and had mỳ vằn thắn for dinner
It was a balmy night - perfect for a bike ride. Eventually we headed back to the cafe next to An Biển Lake that Mr Cuong had pointed out to me all those months ago as a good place for coffee and had a cuppa. What a delightful way to spend a Saturday... Khanh is so thoughtful and such good company.