Made in Taiwan

(Written yesterday in Tokyo-Narita Airport) I am finally en route back to the United States and I will say my first excursion to the continent of Asia has exceeded all of my expectations. I never really cared too much about coming to this part of the world. My first priorities were always the continent of…

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Aaawwww, xie xie (pronounced: she-ay she-ay)

The are two things that people in Taiwan do best. The first is shop–in one of their 5 billion shopping malls or streets on streets of night markets. The second is to eat. Like, A LOT! [Side note: As a public health nutrition major, one of the things constantly in discussion is the cause of…

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Reflexology

Taiwan is full of massage parlors and reflexology places. And they’re pretty cheap too. So I, and three friends, finally decided to visit one last night, since we didn’t have anything else to do. I’ve had one massage in my life, and it was a deep tissue massage for my birthday that was, to say…

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“Okay, okay. Let’s GO!”

*Sigh* so we went back to Taipei, sans our Taiwanese partners. Mal and I had one last meal with our great partners this morning at breakfast, granted it wasn’t nearly as interesting as the majority of the meals we’ve had with the two of them. Then we packed up our stuff and loaded the bus.…

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Cultural Competency

This phrase has been thrown around too damn much! Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL for cultural competency when it comes to community/international exchange, but tonight involved too much stupid for me to take. My Taiwan partner has the misfortune of drinking a little bit too much at our goodbye/karaoke party. Anyone who knows…

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles…(and scooters)

My recommendation is to not leave Taiwan without seeing it from the back of a scooter. As I mentioned in previous posts, scooter life here is DEEP. Like rolling in packs at a stoplight–having your own section of the street, entire side streets, or sections of the sidewalk–rows upon rows of parking–deep. My gracious partner…

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Singin’ In the Rain

People in Taiwan are SERIOUS about their umbrellas when it starts raining. I mean, our program comes to a complete standstill until everyone who doesn’t have an umbrella with them is paired up with someone who does so that no one gets wet. Even if it’s drizzling and you don’t necessarily want to put up…

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How ya mama n ’em?

Yesterday, was the first day of our classes in this trip to Taiwan. We started the day off meeting up in the lobby to discuss the day’s plans. I and my roommate had secretly been plotting trying to partner up with the two Asia University students that spoke the best English, only to have that plan…

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