Yesterday and today was my base school’s ‘Department Store’ festival. This is very similar to a cultural festival, except (as the school is a commercial/business school) the students sell products that they have sourced from actual shops and therefore gain experience running their own shop, working a till, and serving customers with the proper etiquette, and so on.
Yesterday I was required to be at school as a teacher, so I wasn’t allowed to buy anything from the students as I was technically ‘at work’ and could only shop after work hours. Unfortunately by the time I had finished my work hours, the ‘department store’ was finished for the day. So, I decided to go in today (Sunday) as a regular customer… and you should of seen some of the students’ faces when they saw me in regular clothes and ready to shop 😉
All of the students were very eager to sell me their wares, even the first and third year students who I don’t teach were just as keen to try and use English with me and get me to spend my money. Every classroom I went into was so nicely decorated and some of the artwork on the black boards was quite impressive.
By the end of the day I left the school ladened with so much stuff. I think I must of bought something from every store (much to the excitement of the students) – expect the mini ‘Fruit and Veg City’ that was packed full of old grannies buying massive diakons and cabbages. Fortunately everything I bought is going to be used either as Christmas presents or omiyage – so that is a huge tick off the Christmas buying list for when I go home for Christmas. Oh yes, forgot to mention that I am spending Christmas with my family in sunny South Africa! Much excitement with only 2 weeks to go! 😀