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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
Today we spent the day hanging out with my McGill buddy Marianne and her friend Jonny. He volunteered to show us around a few touristy spots in Taipei! The first place we went to see was Longshan temple. There were lots of people there because of the "ghost festival" that happens in July. There were lots of fruits, incense, and paper items that decorated the grounds.
We wandered around ...
... Teacher) going to Tainan! There was another couple who are going to Kaohsiung which is a city right next door to us, so she is in charge of all of us. We signed various contracts and discussed and talked about the area we were moving to and the branches we'd be working at, then enjoyed chatting to everyone. Graduation ensued, the trainers gave a few speeches, then handed out some awards, mainly funny ones! Then we all left in various small groups to prepare for this ...
... anything anime in Asia seems to be revered!) and you literally just walk into them and you're off! They have a separate queue for the "crystal eyes" which are the odd lifts that have glass bottoms, so you get a full range of viewing over the landscape. We stuck to the bog standard lifts, which gave you a great view all around anyway! The crystal eyes are a cool idea, but all you're really travelling over is forest, so you'd just see a load of trees, and have to wait ...
... br> I also bought two surgical masks. Another reason why Taiwan is Japan Lite - people who are suffering infectious diseases and many people who work in customer service jobs wear masks that strap around the back of the ears. I don't look the faintest bit ridiculous. When in Rome and all that.
I shambled around the Main Station waiting for the medicine to kick in. The people in Taipei are so ridiculously stylish - women in navy blue pea coats, purple jackets with hoods lined ...