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Travel Blogs from Taipei
who curls their tongue when they speak
and who doesn’t. what thoughts
occupy the insides of our wet
language is keeping you in chains—what brand
of syllables crash relentless into the backs
of pearl teeth. which ocean
rages against emerald rock, foaming
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 ...
... the headteachers of your branches then ring each person to chat to you about what you'll be doing, what you'll be teaching, and just generally chat to you about the area you're moving to! Alexandra and I will both be in small branches in Tainan, so the lady that rang us was our area manager, who deals with a lot of branches in and around Tainan. It was really good to get to speak to her, and further heightened our excitement at getting to go there!
Tuesday just so ...
... in a queue to have our blood taken (testing for HIV) and then got to go straight through to have an x ray done of our chests. Just like that the "rigorous HESS medical testing" was complete! But in that time the weather had gone from beautiful clear warm skies to torrential rain, still just as hot and humid as earlier but soaking rain aswell! The weather here is going to take some getting used to!
Later on Alexandra and I ventured out for some food. We didn't want to walk far ...
... as long as you don't make an **** of yourself? Just imagine - adults being trusted by the state to make adult decisions and act responsibly like adults! Saints alive! Australians, being citizens of an ever more intrusive and authoritarian nanny state, have no idea just how onerous governmental over-protection is in the Lucky Country.
Then it was time to say good-bye to my new Britannic friend who was flying home the next day, and look up in awe at the kaleidoscope chameleon skyscrapers.