Travel Blogs from Taipei
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
... the heat anymore (even with AC breaks in some of the buildings).
Our next stop was to Ximen station. There is a market just outside the station and we walked around. It was still quite hot outside so we went to eat iced desserts. The place was pretty packed, but the dessert was quite nice. It was the perfect afternoon snack for a blistering hot day!
We walked around some more and were shown a ...
... our "best outfits", so I rocked up in the suit, with Alexandra modelling a lovely little number aswell. We had a pretty slow morning, going over policy and other issues like that. Then we had to sign our contracts! All went smoothly. Then we got to go up to the twelfth floor, where it was all laid out nicely with nibbles and a bar with free drinks whilst we got to meet our Head NST's, we actually met our Area Manager as we are the only two NST's (oh by the way, NST means ...
... have. They accept all forms in and it's better to be safe than sorry. Literally every document you've had to fill out or send off previously, bring them and take them in. Also you'll need your passport here so keep that handy.
We filled out all the forms needed, the HESS teachers introduced themselves and then we got split into two separate groups. One group would be doing the City Tour in the morning, whilst the other group would be doing the "rigorous HESS medical", and ...
... that I was fluent in Chinese because I greeted him with a "ni hao".
The hostel, across the road from Taipei Main Station, is the most truly bizarre place I've ever had the pleasure of staying in. It is located in a skyscraper on the 22nd floor, though some rooms are scattered on other floors, including mine on the 15th. The bottom few floors are an IT megamall, there's a massive gym with disco lights on the 6th, and the rest is a collection of offices, private academies, ...