Trip Start Jun 18, 2009
72Trip End Aug 01, 2011
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I guess I will start with the bad....About 2 weeks ago I had my first scooter accident. I was very lucky in that I wasn't hurt badly. I just got a little scrapped up. I got hit by a car but thank God we were both moving at pretty slow speeds. The car was trying to merge over and had slowed down as I was going around her and then she decided to go. She stopped and made sure I was ok and picked up my scooter. She asked if I was ok, I just had some scrapes on my feet so I got back on my scooter and drove home (true Taiwanese style). Besides my feet getting scrapped and having a sore butt for a couple days I am doing fine
But enough with the bad, onto more fun and exciting adventures! A couple days after the accident I went to the night market with my Taiwanese friend, Dawn. I love getting to go out with her because things are always easier when you have someone that speaks the language and I have been able to do lots of things I otherwise never would have. Well, we were going to the night market looking for some dinner. I knew I was going to be in for some interesting eats! I am very proud of how brave I was! We started out our dinner with some blood cake (pigs blood and rice). They dip it in some peanut powder so it was basically really dense, spongy stuff with a light peanut taste. It was ok, it didn't have too much flavor though. After the blood cake we went for something a little more "normal"....sweet potato fries! These were very delicious and I ate lots of them because I knew I had more strange things ahead of me. After the fries we got in one of the longer lines to wait for this Taiwanese version of a hot dog. It was a hot dog but instead of a bun it was wrapped in rice. It had veggies on it too. This was pretty good. For a grand finale for our meal she took me to eat stinky tofu
After my exciting week I planned a trip to Alishan with Tara, Mike and Rachael. Alishan is a town located up in the mountains known for beautiful sunrises and amazing views. We took the High Speed Rail down to Chia Yi and then got on a bus to Alishan. It amazes me on the roads that these buses drive on. Road construction on mountain roads is just about as widespread as road construction in the summer in MN. Because of land slides and frequent heavy rains they seem to always be repairing the roads. There were some points I was a little frightened to be on the road because we would be driving over dirt roads and I would look out the window and all I could see was a straight down drop! Just a little frighting! Well, we made it to Alishan and it was already so refreshing when we stepped off the bus...it was cool out and I was able to breathe fresh air! Something you begin to cherish living in a big city! We did a little hiking when we got there. We hiked some trails know for having very large and old trees. After our hiking we can back into town to have some dinner. We had a normal Taiwanese dinner at one of the restaurants. I ate some of the best chicken I have had here! It tasted almost like American Chinese Food
After our trip to Alishan I returned to Taichung to get all packed up at my house because I was moving into my new apartment the following day. I am already dreading my move home because I have accumulated so much stuff!
One last big event that has happened recently was my birthday!! This past weekend I was able to celebrate my birthday with Tara (my friend from home)! We have back-to-back birthdays so we had a combined party of Saturday. We started our day off at the salon to get our hair done. I got my hair washed with a great head massage and an up-do done for only $8!! I should start getting my hair done every night before I go out! :) We then started our night with drinks at my apartment and then went for dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant. We then moved on to Fubar for some drinks. After they closed we went out to do some dancing at 89K. It was a fun night and we stayed out until about 4AM. On my actually birthday Tara and I just lounged around my apartment and then we went out for a birthday dinner with Mike and Dawn
Well I think that wraps up everything that has been happening here. Sorry it got to be so long!
Until next time....love ya and miss ya!
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