Hello, my dearest neglected readers: I’m back. From a trip to Taiwan more amazing than I could hope for. So amazing that if I even begin to describe it, I risk losing friends because it would sound like I’m flaunting and bragging about how amazing it was.
But then I thought to myself: actually, my friends should be happy when I’m happy. Plus I think I promised some of my friends that I will tell them stories of our trip.
So I’m just gonna give you a summary first. And then if things come up that I really want to talk about, I will talk about them then.
We went to Kenting first:
Night market, aquarium, tourist spots, beach during the day, beach at midnight, archery, sets for the movie Cape No. 7…
Then we went to Tai-tung. Then Hua-lien:
Native Taiwanese tours, rural medical outing, local specialties…
Then we went to I-Lan:
National Center for Traditional Arts (傳統藝術中心), high class road-side stand sea food, Whiskey factory, Fushan botanical garden…
Then we finished the trip with an awesome lunch on Yangmingshan.
The doc does research as well as clinics, so we got to play with the micropipet a little bit too.
We also went to Tina’s uncle’s wedding, and joined their after-party at a night club beneath Taipei 101. And at 2:30 am that day, I found out I got into UBC med.
So, that’s the amazing trip in a nutshell. I skipped about 2,500 pictures, but you get the gist of things.
A few things I learned:
- NTU’s medical school has a library with swings in it, and it’s the most comfortable place to sleep
- Sometimes neighbors above your apartment pours down mysterious discharges that make it seems like it’s raining; don’t be fooled into bringing your umbrella to work. But it’s not too silly to bring umbrella on a sunny day; many people do that in Taipei.
- Some night clubs in Taipei are so westernized (playing Lady Gaga and Usher and all) that you can’t really differenciate them from night clubs in Vancouver, especially when those in Taipei have many white people, and those in Vancouver have many Asians.
- The transit system in Taipei is better than Vancouver; you don’t even need to take the card out of your wallet to swipe, and it works on sky train, busses, and parking lots. I thought about not even taking the wallet out of my pocket and just butt-dance at the card sensor, but I decided against that.