Teaching in Hsinchu [7]

Wow! What a week it’s been. More ups and downs and rollercoaster emotions, but lots of great things have happened.

Classes this week have been challenging again except for Friday, but here’s a quick summary of the week.

Tuesday was great – despite only having four hours of sleep, I got the first train to Taipei to pick up my passport. I didn’t realise that the Chiang-Kai Shek memorial park was just a short walk away from the Immigration Bureau, and it was mainly empty at 7am. I have great childhood memories there.

I walked around a cultural park and then took myself off to Taipei Zoo. The entrance fee is NT$60 (about £2) so it really is unbelievable. You can spend 3-4 hours there easily because there are lots of animals to see, but it’s also really beautiful and spacious. I met some lovely people and some really cute babies, once of which kept calling me BIG SISTER and asking me what all the animals were.

Then I met my sister for lunch in Gongguan before she took me to a German bakery and I bought some of my favourite German rolls. So that was definitely the highlight of the day.

After that she had to go home and I went to meet a friend for dinner at my favourite restaurant the Kunming. It was the first time in 20 years that I have been to that restaurant and had to think about what I was going to order, so that was quite funny. As I’d only had four hours sleep I was extremely tired and planned on going home, but my friend offered to drive us to the Shilin night market.

I spent a lot of time as a teenager so it was very interesting to see that it has changed a lot but really it was still exactly the same in so many ways.

Shilin Nightmarket Taipei

Once we had finished walking around it was already 9 o’clock and instead of taking the cheap train I decided to splash out, treat myself, and take the high-speed rail train home. I’m glad I did this because even on the fast train I still did not get home until 1130pm.

However it was a great day and I’m so glad I made the most of my time in Taipei once again.

Wednesday and Thursday were not great but we will not go into details as everything is fine now.

On Friday one of my friends came up to Hsinchu to visit me and we went to the new Street churros cafe, which was great because it had 20% off!

Then in the evening my friend Kim and I went to the cinema to watch the house with a clock in the walls and I wasn’t too keen on it because it was a fantasy film however it was really really fantastic and have a lovely ending so I would recommend that film to anyone of any age (child, adult, teenager) definitely one to watch.

The only negative was I’m quite sure we got ripped off for popcorn and drinks because we were supposed to have a deal and a free set but we still paid 500 NT for it.

Today is Saturday and my seventh week in Taiwan I went to a lovely little town called Yingge and it’s one of my mum’s favourite places in Taiwan.

Yingge, New Taipei City

I really wanted to see what it was all about because the last time I went I was probably eight or nine years old. It’s beautiful, relaxing, calm and I’m going to post separately about my day trip today because there are so many things to mention and photos to share with you.

So for now this is week seven, and I hope you all enjoy your weekend lots of love XOXO

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