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September 20, 2008, 12:19 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.


Taiwan. Hmmmm.
This week has been going-back-to-school week. Classes were attended. Papers were written. Books were read. I’m becoming re acclimated to that constant exhaustion of being back in class. Fortunately, I have a big foreign city right outside my window to explore.
Tip #1: If you find yourself in a 7/11 in Taiwan, get the green tea milk. Best. drink. ever.
Tip #2: Rice balls are also the most delicious food. Easily.
I had my first-and probably last- stinky tofu experience today. For those of you that are unfamiliar, ‘stinky tofu’ is a kind of delicacy in Taiwan, really famous snack. And they’re definitely easy to find because you can smell it from a mile away. Surprisingly, my only bad experience with it was bringing it onto the bus and getting scandalized looks from the locals that a foreigner would bring in such foul-smelling food. What new thing should I try next? I’m aiming for the hundred year old egg… buried in the ground for 100 years and soaked in horse urine. Yummy.
Earlier this week we made it over to a Taiwanese mall (I bought a book by Alain De Botton- great author). I’m starting to realize a lot of architectural structures in Taiwan are buildings that just have floors and floors. The mall itself was very small, but there were maybe 8 floors? Then we made it over to Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world.
On Friday night, by the suggestion of our Buddhist teacher, we made it over to a posh theatre, where we watched a group called U-Theatre perform. They’re essentially a combination of drums, martial arts, meditation, etc. It was really interesting especially for me, because I’ve never seen that kind of drumming before. We were then invited to an afterparty where we got to see the drummers/dancers and eat the most AMAZING food and wine. Hilarious pictures ensued.
Saturday we went to the National Palace Museum, which is supposedly one of the best museums in the world. It has Chinese artifacts that are thousands of years old and from all of the dynasties. It was very interesting to see how civilized society was even thousands of years ago. We then had a picnic in the gardens, saw CRAZY CRAZY koi? fish which ensued into tons of pictures, and finished off the afternoon at our Taiwanese friend Eden’s house having a tea ceremony and singing karaoke.
And today we met our Buddhist teacher at Longshan temple, which was the first Buddhist temple in Taiwan that’s been preserved since the Qing dynasty- beautiful place. .
So essentially, I’ve been having a truly rocking time in Taiwan, experiencing all kinds of amazing things here. I’ve really started to latch onto Taiwan and I’m becoming much more comfortable with this place.

Miss and love you all,
Brittany


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