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August 10th, 2014. 5:20PM. Taipei, Taiwan.
Light refracts through the prisms
of a trillion strangers' eyes.
Someone disappears into
thick air. Someone’s feet
the yellow earth. The
still. The sea: apathetic
When you wonder if you are the first
... grounds for a short hour before leaving. It was roasting hot outside, so we took the MRT to another location. We walked around an area that was rebuilt as a touristy historical ground to show what old Taiwan homes used to look like. There were lots of unique art exhibits using recycled materials around and educational videos playing in some of the buildings. We spent a good while walking around until we could ...
... were pretty intensive aswell though, don't be fooled by thinking training's only a short amount of time by being 9 days long. That's 9 days of 9-6 each day of cramming a tonne of information into your heads to try and get you ready to teach in such a short amount of time! Plus when you had demo's to perform the next day you'd spend most of the previous evening preparing for them. So overall, I was highly impressed by HESS throughout the training, but it also managed to pretty ...
... It's a very tricky and ambiguous situation and it's easy to offend people just by a slip of the tongue. For example, saying "Republic of China" instead of "Taiwan," or by referring to China as the "Mainland" instead of just "China." It's difficult for people not to wear their politics on their sleeves when they ask questions like "Is this your first time in China?" or "Have you ever been to China?" I often find myself at a loss for how to respond.
At a glance, Taiwan ...
... and China just to the west all combine to make matters miserable.
From Taipei 101 it was a short walk to the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall. Smaller and less grandiose than the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, it also featured a huge bronze sculpture of a national hero sitting on a throne guarded by unblinking soldiers before which citizens were paying their respects. Sun Yat-Sen was an amazing man who is little known in the West. A prominent intellectual, Dr Sun led ...