Welcome back to Part 2 of my Thai adventures!
Find Part 1 here, if you haven’t already.
Yeah, yeah, it’s been a while. Again. BUT! This is the last post in this series, so I get to put it off and be sad about it as much as I like.
Why is this the last post? Well, after Thailand I left Asia and flew back to Europe. Also I am running out of free media space (follow my new blog here: https://yoursjulie.blog).
When I got off that night bus a bit cranky and crumpled, I took a taxi to the north of Chiang Mai’s city center and checked in at the lovely Banilah Hostel (say: Bah-nigh-lah). More a hotel than a hostel, we found it to have superb value for money.
I left Taiwan with a heavy suitcase and some heavy thoughts, but Thailand has a way to make you forget about your sorrows.
Here is the first part of my 3 weeks in the country.
I was a bit tired after a night of drinking red wine with my dear friend William when I arrived in Thailand. I’ll miss you, big guy!
Another trip, another country. Not exactly a holiday.
I went to Vietnam to solve a problem and to celebrate a birthday.
Vietnam didn’t feel like a holiday so much as an escape. I felt so trapped in Taipei, I can’t even understand it myself. My life here was “fine”, I made friends, I was getting an education, it’s safe… but this place was getting to me.
After spring break, I’ve experienced a few bad months and there was not much I could do to make it better, although I tried. I’ve started resenting the city and the traffic and the noise and it felt extremely frustrating to be here. I’m much better now. I have left Taiwan on July 7, and just knowing that I was leaving was a relief for me.
But now let me tell you about my trip to Vietnam.
When I arrived in HCMC, Ders picked me up at the airport, strapped my suitcase to his badass black motorcycle and took me to his friend’s place (yes, I was wearing a -borrowed- helmet). Continue reading
I realize that I haven’t gotten to the Vietnam post yet.
But I’m leaving Taipei tomorrow.
So, I spent all this time (10 months!) here in Taipei. What did I do?
Well, first of all, I took a lot of pictures.
I miss my kitchen.
Yes, my little rice cooker is a miracle and I cherish the thing more than can be considered healthy, but it’s not a replacement. It’s a workaround.
Fortunately, I have some friends who have kitchens and let me use them occasionally. One of them is Felicity!
We met last semester in Prof. Schulte’s Shakespeare class. She took me to Longshan Temple for taro soup once. I find that we look strangely alike in this picture, but the color scheme says she’s the good one and I’m the villain…
It might have been a short trip, but it was worth every minute of it.
Compared to Taipei, Okinawa is first and foremost really, really quiet.
Okinawa is less than an hour by plane from Taipei and mostly famous for its long life expectancy and the related “Okinawa diet” (you should like fish, seaweed, purple sweet potatoes and bitter gourds, if you’re going to try that). But we were only there for 3 days, so I don’t expect any lasting effects just yet. I also avoid bitter gourd like the plague.
I doubt that coke has anything to do with all the healthy centenarians on the island, although they sure seem to try.
During spring break (for the Germans: Easter), I took some additional time off and went abroad.
Cambodia turned out to be quite amazing, even though my time there was quite the emotional roller-coaster ride.
Lanterns are a huge thing here. Also, I received a gift from a god! But one thing after the other.
You might already have realized that chronology on this blog is a very flexible concept. In case you didn’t, now you know.
Now, let me tell you a tale of lights. Continue reading
FJU has a fashion/design/brand management department.
Every year they put on a show with the creations and designs of the students. This year, I was able to see it!
Those of you who know me also know that I am not a fashionable person. I wear simple and comfortable stuff and go crazy about practical pockets. I loathe shopping and avoid it basically until my pants fall apart. Continue reading
I have a thing for biology, botany in particular. My completely unfocused lay interest in the subject had me take numerous pictures of flowers, trees, snakes, bugs and spiders in Australia, Texas and other places of the world.
It also took me to the botanical garden of Taipei, an unexpected green refuge in the city. Continue reading