Click here to see the fireworks we saw shot off from Taipei 101: captured for your viewing pleasure on Youtube!
My first fortnight of 2011 is going remarkably well. (And yes, I just used the word “fortnight”– oh English language, how I miss thee!) Research and Chinese classes continue to progress, friends in Taipei are doing well, and best of all, I am not failing at any of my ill-conceived or over-ambitious New Year’s Resolutions, as I usually do at this time every year in January.
Why, might you ask?
Because I didn’t make any this year!!!! (Cue the dance party!) Continue reading
Good news: I woke up this morning and the sun was shining. After almost 2 weeks of daily rain, I was thrilled!
This week, I noticed that my former “Week in Reviews in Photos” posts have grown more and more full of words to narrate the pictures. My original motive, however, was to have one day of the week where I just shut my trap and let you see what I see in this fantastic place.
So this week, I’ll take a break from the commentary. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe another week has flown by! I think the shock of culture of shock is finally dulling into the gradual acceleration of familiar time… punctuated by new Chinese vocabulary words, meeting new friends, and trying to balance maintaining a lifestyle with exploring a new place! I am starting to get the urge to travel around our beautiful island of Formosa in an upcoming weekend, but this week, I satisfied my wanderlust by climbing a local “small mountain park” near my apartment, braving the wilds of the Zheng Da library, and seeking out an American style weekend brunch.
You have not paid your expat in Taipei dues until you've photographed Taipei 101 in a glamour shot and posted it on the internet. Can check that one off the list!
Some finds included: a gorgeous view of Taipei from the top of Fujoushan park, a whole collection of books in English on the 4th floor of the main library at Zheng Da, including the first volume of the recently published collected letters of Samuel Beckett (!!!!!), and a plate full of eggs, bacon, and hash browns!
It was a good week. Continue reading