First of all, I apologize for waiting so long to post an update. Things have been very hectic here. Teaching presents new challenges everyday and recently, my partner Jeanne got very sick with pneumonia and had to stay in the hospital for over a week. I was back and fourth their non-stop and she is STILL on bed-rest. No worries, she is almost totally better by now.
Because I honestly haven’t had time to assemble a concise post about the place I work yet, this post will be a hodgepodge of pictures and thoughts about living in Taiwan. For the most part, I really enjoy it and I’m even picking up a few bits of Chinese!
First of all, there are quite a few American things here. Starbucks in very popular but the employees don’t speak much English, so ordering a decaf double iced venti 3-pump white mocha is pretty much out of the question!
Other American things like Mcdonalds, KFC, and American-style Italian food are also around the city. Also, you won’t believe what is literally on every single street and corner around here…7-11! Yes, just like the gas station…except it’s not a gas-station here. 7-11 is one of the biggest chains in the city. Each one has the same stock in a different set-up and it’s where you go to shop, eat lunch, and even pay your bills…I kid you not.
They all have this cute/weird mascot:
And this random “salad-bar style” meal with corn, tofu, “tea-eggs”, dumplings, and other odd things on sticks.
I don’t know what any of that is…but it smells weeeeiiiirrd and I haven’t worked up the nerve to try it yet! lol
Tea is also everywhere. Black tea, red tea, green tea, jasmine tea, hot tea, iced tea, milk tea, bubble tea, bubble milk tea…endless combinations of tea are always just around the corner. Black bubble milk tea is actually really delicious and I’m drinking it all the time!
That’s all for now, Jeanne and I are planning a big weekend trip to Kaoshuing on the upcoming holiday (Tomb Sweeping Day) AND I also have some exciting news to reveal soon. Thank you for reading, I’ll post again very soon! 😀