Ni hao everyone! I finally made it to Tainan, Taiwan where I will be living for the next month, and life is great! It feels as if we have been traveling for at least a week when in fact I think it has been only a day and half or so. I spent over 24 hours either in an airport, on an airplane, on a bus, or on a high speed train going 186 mph and finally made it to this beautiful place:
|View from our apartment|
That right there my friends was called Chinese porridge. My stomach was saying, "I can eat anything," while my taste buds and gag reflex were failing to follow suit. I began to wonder what I was getting myself into. This apparently was not going to be like eating P.F. Chang's for every meal. However, on an empty stomach and 14 hours later we finally arrived!
|View from the webcam TV on the airplane|
Taiwan is spectacular! There is a lingering aroma that smells of an open sewage everywhere you go, humidity that makes showering completely pointless, food that you quickly learn not to ask what you are eating until after the digestive process has begun, and is filled with the some of the kindest people I have ever met. I seriously LOVE being here! We have met a couple of the hospital staff that we will be working with and they showed us around town and the hospital. Jane, a nurse in the ICU decided to hang out with us around town for a bit today, which was lots of fun. She loved taking pictures with us and probably enjoyed laughing at all of our deer in the headlights looks.
|Jane and I (you will have to excuse the super jet lagged and nasty look that I have. I have resorted to the fact that this is just the way it is going to be.)|
|It was some white roll type thing with meat of some sort stuffed in the middle. Also featured was my luke warm banana milk. Not to shabby for a first meal.|
We will be working at the Chi Mei Medical Center (featured below and to the right) in various different units throughout the Hospital. This hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, which takes high acuity patients and provides them with great care. I am SO excited to get to experience this!!
|It is not uncommon for people to slow down on their mopeds and stare at us as we walk throughout the streets. It's true, we stick out like a sore thumb here!|
Everyone who lives in our apartment building are staff of Chi Mei Hospital. Jane, our new ICU nurse friend lives here with us too!
We are up on the 10th floor with a great view of the city streets and life. I think the place we are living in is perfect! It has just what we need and not to mention our room is equipped with air conditioning!
Occasionally you will hear random bursts of fireworks that continually sound like the finale of a 4th of July fireworks show, and it continues for a few minutes. Once you get over the initial scare that there might be a massive shooting going on outside your apartment, you begin to settle down and realize that this just must be part of the life! Other than that, about every half hour or so you hear the ambulances go driving by. (Random fact: Instead of being 9-1-1, here it is 1-1-9. No one probably cares about that unless you are in the medical field, but I found it interesting.)
Oh and just for you Mom, I have yet to see a stray dog like we saw all over Europe, but here is something else I stumbled upon today: