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... no eye contact, you can only talk to the assistant teachers and the teacher himself.
Day 1: Awareness of Breath
We had to be conscious of our breathing and concentrate on it for the first day. My first day, my mind was like a chatterbox, I could not get it to quiet down. I find it difficult to sit cross legged on the ground so after the first 2hours I requested a chair which a few people did and it was more comfortable. ...
... how the kids are raised, and that can cause tension within families. It is less expensive to live in Taiwan and they also have a great health care system, because everyone is covered and it is a lot cheaper. Their education is very different than the U.S. because they are expected to get extremely good grades and go to "cram" school after their regular school hours, this prepares them to get into a good middle school, high school, and then university. He said ...
... ice cream. This is a popular food in Asia, but I don't think it would be very easy to find in the U.S. In case you were wondering yes, it tastes very bitter. Dr. Chow also mentioned that the President of Taiwan had visited CMU that morning. She wondered if we had seen any "demonstrative groups" because not everyone likes the president..and that when her students went to buy eggs at the store that morning for our ice cream project they were all gone!..meaning ...
... bus to a "department store" or huge mall, with 15 floors. There was also a famous singer outside and a huge mob wanting him to sign things. That night we ate at a little restaurant where each table had its own table-top grill. We grilled lamb, beef, corn-on-the-cob, green peppers, and mushrooms. I also tried red tea - not as good as my favorite - green tea! That night we checked out a fruit stand, some local grocery stores, and we also got ...
... temples, stores and tasted some interesting good food. We ended with a family dinner at the restaurant.
This week, we will visit Taipei and another classmate of ours.
To make it public: I will be participating in a "Silent meditation retreat" for 10 days here in Taiwan. I am really looking forward to this experience, no technology, nothing, just meditation and yoga. :)