- Try your best to travel with one local, or at least with someone who knows Chinese.
- If you have data or Wifi always have google translator open and read, it is extremely helpful.
It is now the end of week 5 and the start of week 6 ( I think hahaha). This last week has been filled with ups and downs; honestly there is just so much to talk about, so I put it all in categories below. Lab: My lab project has changed a bit, so my advice for future MHIRT students is to always be flexible and prepared for anything. Everyone in my lab is really nice. We laugh all the time and make a lot of funny jokes. They teach us a lot of new words, so I am actually picking up Mandarin really quickly. Every day during lunch my lab will eat together at different restaurants. Every weekend my lab trys to take us out to explore Taiwan. It’s nice because we get to bound outside of work. We went to a karaoke and buffet. That was an incredible experience because we got to see everyone dancing and having a great time. We also took a group trip to monkey mountain, which ended kind of badly because they didn’t tell us that we were taking one of the most difficult hiking trail (or rather we didn’t understand when they said it in Chinese haha). I literally almost passed out. However, I was proud of myself because I made it more than half way up. Food: From shaved ice, to cheesy pork. The food here in Taiwan is unexplainable good. I went to three different street markets, in Tainan, Donggang, and here in Kaohsiung. When I was at the one in Tainan I was able to try deep fried milk, which was incredible. It tasted like warm vanilla custard. I also tried some cheesy chicken which was to die for. Oh, by the way this night market is actually the biggest one known in southern Taiwan, so I was really glad that I was able to be a part of that and experience it for myself. In Donggang there was a lot more clothes to buy then food. I bought a cute romper and some gifts for friends. This night market was my favorite because it had a lot of space for people to walk compared to the others. The one here in Kaohsiung is pretty nice too. I was able to gain the courage to try stinky tofo. It was pretty tasty at first but have a very unforgettable after taste. Beside that’s I got to try a very popular Taiwanese coffee latte, which taste sorta like caramel. Basically, I think you all get the point, I love the food here. I was fool to think I could lose weight, when Taiwanese food is incredibly delicious. Transportation: Transportation here is extremely convenient. You can take the MRT, bus, train, or taxi. Also walking is always an option. Of course, it’s not always roses. One time we couldn’t communicate with the taxi driver correctly where we needed to go and he dropped us out in the middle of nowhere and told us to get out. I actually felt bad, because I could tell that he was trying so hard to communicate with us but got frustrated and just couldn’t handle it anymore. So we instead got an Uber, which is actually super rare to find here. Advice on transportation: