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An eggstraveganza

Each year we, the foreign teachers, have a huge Easter egg hunt.  We got all the eggs ready on Wednesday for hiding some time next week.  There are several thousand of them, and each contains a slip of paper saying, “Return this egg to the foreign teacher’s office and you could win 100 yuan!”  (100 yuan is about $14.50.)  Only one egg gets the 100 yuan prize and some get other prizes, but everyone gets candy.  We usually lose a lot of eggs each year because the kids would rather keep the plastic egg than give it back to us and get some candy.  They all say things like, “Teacher, the egg is so small and cute!  I want to keep it!”  (The Chinese have a propensity for small cute things that I can’t quite figure out, like college students loving Hello Kitty.  But that’s another post for another time.)  There are a lot of students who board at school, but they aren’t allowed out of their dorm rooms after 10:30, so we’ll wait until after that and then go hide all the eggs.  We don’t announce the date of the hunt because some students will arrive at school before the sun rises and find all the eggs before school starts.

There is huge campus-wide excitement the day of the egg hunt, which is so fun to watch!

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