Last Friday I had to travel to HsinChu from Taipei for a meeting and had a very small time frame. I left the city at 1pm and was back by 5pm. Under normal circumstances this situation would have been impossible but thanks to Taiwan High Speed Rail I was able to ge to HsinChu from Taipei in 3o minutes!
The traditional Taiwan Railway Administration trains in Taiwan have not served me well. They can be unreliable, late, and sometimes confusing as to which train you should board. Moreover, the TRA trains are much slower than HSR. My journey would have been almost three times as long had I used the ‘fast’ version of the TRA trains. In addition, HSR is state of the art and the train stations are brand new with gorgeous architecture. Using HSR was a fantastic experience and I’m hoping Carrie and I can make it over to Koahsiung with HSR this fall.
The temperature seems to rise slightly everyday. Yesterday it was T-shirt weather. Now it seems to be light T-shirt weather. Soon it is supposed to get so hot you’ll carry a second T-shirt with you to freshen up. People in Taipei keep commenting..”Oh you haven’t gone through the summer yet!” It’s with the same tone of voice I’ve heard Canadians use to speak about the winter. We’ll I’ve survived eleven Canadian winters so I’m sure a few Taiwan summers will be no sweat.
Actually, I did experience a bit of the Taiwan summer, but it was only for a few days as we arrived in HsinChu on September 8th. I remember sweating and wanting to change T-shirts after only walking three blocks. I remember sweating through the air conditioning in my classroom and thinking how we all were sweating and that well… It was o.k. to sweat! Your sweating, I’m sweating, its all good, its cool… No pun intended.
Today while teaching my younger students I also noticed how much the children adore Christmas, even in May. Their favorite stamp is of a snowman and a few times they have even spontaneously broken out into Christmas carols in the middle of class. It doesn’t really bother me. Conversely, my Taiwanese friends have told me that in North America, Chinese society is always represented through Chinese New Years regardless of the season, so I guess the cultural amalgamation swings both ways…
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