Today marks our first day of Spring break, which means half of the semester has passed already! Most of the students are gone now so it’s quite strange to see how quiet it is on campus during these days. Some of my friends are home for the break, some are staying with host families while some switched their vacation mode on and are now enjoying warm weather and beautiful beaches in the bustling Miami, or huddling together in the melting pots of the States such as New York City and Boston. Some of us, including me, have another option: staying on campus. It’s actually nice and sweet to spend this opportunity relaxing and catching up on my work.
Break means we have more free time, so I decided to gather my friends Sini, Stuart, James and Kyle, who were still on campus, to come and hang out. Since Sini, Stuart and James are from South Africa, Kyle and I prepared a typical Vietnamese dinner for them to have a taste of the Vietnamese cuisine that served with white rice and side dishes of lemongrass chili chicken (gà xào sả ớt), fish sauce chicken wings (cánh gà chiên nước mắm), napa cabbage soup (canh cải thảo) and shrimp chips (bánh phồng tôm).
Funny enough, besides the main courses, our friend Sini couldn’t stop complementing on the simple dipping sauce we made by mixing soy sauce and boiled eggs together. Stuart said he LOVED spicy (and by capitalizing and bolding the word, I really want to imply how he expressed his love for spicy…) He ate lots of the red hot chili peppers without considering our warning that it was much hotter than bell peppers and other kinds of spicy ingredients. So, poor Mr. Carmichael-Green couldn’t help but stick his tongue out, and of course, his skin turned really red. Despite having to rely on water for the rest of the meal, Stuart, with his sense of humor by nature, still tried to save face by saying “It’s good! It’s really good!” making every one laugh so hard. We finished dinner just in a snap and I was more than satisfied to see all the food was gone :).
After diner, Kyle and I taught our South African friends how to play cards in Vietnamese style. Everyone loved the shrimp chips so we fried them again to snack on while playing.