Change Yourself…Change The World.


Ilha Formosa
September 14, 2008, 12:53 am
Filed under: Taiwan

Note:

This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

Hello all- well it’s been a crazy week. Lived through a SUPER TYPHOON. Actually it sounds way more crazy and dangerous than it was. Basically it poured on and off for two days and our little group stayed inside our hostel, now aptly named “the dungeon,” while watching crazy Taiwanese people walk up and down the street and ride their scooters like it was just another day. My roommate and I rearranged our room, which resulted in a bunch of hilarious pictures of wardrobes and desks all over the place. We also put the TV in the closet….where it RIGHTLY BELONGS!!!
So far this week we’ve been having all kinds of carazzyy orientation. We watched a highly hilarious skit performed by two girls and all I can remember from it is that I’m not allowed to eat on the metrolink. We learned Mandarin. I know how to say “good food” and that’s about it. I’ve eaten so much rice in the past week it’s coming out of every orifice in my body…. just stop it with the rice, okay…. just stop…. I’ve become highly accustomed to their aloe vera drink… you know that lotion you rub all over your body after you get a sunburn? Well apparently it comes in a can also…and it’s the best drink ever. Speaking of cans, today we saw a festival and a huge pig was skinned and rearranged on a table as an offering for the gods- and instead of the apple you would imagine in it’s mouth, no, there was a coke can. Our good Taiwanese friend Kevin tried to explain to me the significance of it and I think it went right over my head. Still a great experience though, slaughtered pig and all.
So with all of the crazyness going on it’s a bit hard for me to remember that I actually have SCHOOLWORK to do… fortunately for me the readings are really interesting and totally reinforces the idea of ‘experiential education’ and why we’re out here studying in Taiwan. I can see how the basis of so many religions have beautiful messages in them. There is one quote from Confucianism that I really like-

“Walking along with three people, my teacher is sure to be among them. I choose what is good in them and follow it and what is not good and change it in myself.” – Mencius

Our leader Kerry has also supplied us with some Rainer Maria Wilke, who I equally like. Self-Transcendence here I come!
Peace from the Far East,
Brittany


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