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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 ...
... took part in some salsa'ing which was a great laugh - I think Alexandra and I did a pretty good job aswell! On our way back, we decided to get a snack so wandered over to a nearby KFC. As soon as I handed my little slip of paper over saying "I can't eat anything with nuts in, or anything that has been cooked in nut oil" - in Mandarin - we got turned away! No KFC for us! So we settled for old reliable Mr McDonald instead!
Wednesday was our last day, we had been told already ...
... s dad is 50, he kicked my ass on the ride (which lasted 2.5 hours!). By the time I finally got to the temple at the top, he had already finished worshipping their ancestors and welcomed me with a huge cup of STEAMING HOT water. You heard me!! It's 97 degrees almost every day here and the Taiwanese are still drinking boiling water after exercise... INSANITY!! Despite my desperate pleas for cold (or even room temperature) water, my friend's dad would not give it to me because according ...
... beforehand and was as ignorant as I was intelligent.
The things/skills I learned in Taiwan are now so important to me and I can't even fathom how I didn't have them beforehand. I made exceptional friends from all corners of the world, that showed me different ideologies, food, culture, you name it. On top of that, they were all just really amazing people who were great friends.
I am ...