This weekend was filled with adventures!
THURSDAY: The day started off with a bang! We got to sleep in! We then spent the next 500 hours working on homework for this course. After many hours, the 12 of us could no longer stand to work on it anymore, so we headed out on the town. We did the usual, stop at about three different places along the way to get different parts of our meals, then walked around and did a little shopping. Everything was pretty calm until sundown hit. We headed off to the Night Market via a taxi ride of death (I seriously hate riding in those taxi's). Night Market's are quite the scene. I think I blogged about it earlier so I will try not to repeat myself. This glorified swap meet is full of food, shopping, and lots of people. They are very popular here in Taiwan so we will probably be hitting up a few more in the next few weeks.
FRIDAY: My roommates and I got up to go running and ended up joining a Tai Chi (spelling?) class in the middle of some random park. [Side note: it is near impossible to run around here. There are no side walks or trails so you are basically running on the roads right next to all the scooters, or "motorcycles" as they call them here. Running against traffic is like playing chicken with all the scooters.] Anywho, our morning run ended in a nearby park (the only park around here), where a local dancing class was taking place. The group of women allowed us to join for free and welcomed us back for the rest of the month. Dancing to all that Chinese music was quite the workout and was so much fun! Once again, they were all videoing us and taking pictures. They treat us like celebrities. In the afternoon we took a train to go see a guy who makes swords and uses human bones to fuel the fire (I think I mentioned this in my last blog post, so see below). In the evening during our search for dinner, we stumbled upon a meat market. After seeing some pretty grotesque things, my adventure was not over yet. I proceeded to see a poor chicken go from living to un-stuffed in a matter of minutes. It was the most barbaric, horrible, depressing, making-you-want-to-go vegetarian thing I have EVER seen! I will refrain from posting the video of it. As he was hacking at the lifeless creature, I was fortunate enough to receive part of the chicken on me (insert sarcasm in case you couldn't tell).... featured below is chicken blood that was flung onto my arm. My large appetite was completely lost and I ate a plain "dong bing" (it is basically a flaky tortilla) for dinner. I haven't eaten chicken since.
|Someone caught my speechless face right after the tragedy happened.|
|This poor chicken was, two minutes prior, was clucking at me. Little did I know it was begging me to set him free.|
|Inside the movie theater|
|We love the adorable Asian kids! They start them driving young.|
|Across the street from the fort|
|The picture on the wall features the Dutch fort in its entirety|
|Background not foreground (I'm looking pretty nasty these days. Gotta love humidity!)|
|Cool comparison of the armor and weapons between the Dutch and the Chinese|
|This guy was on our shopping street. Mom, they have them here too! Haha!|
|Lebron James, Nikki, and I|
|Nicole and I outside the church|
Just for kicks:
|This mom is feeding here baby. This is an action shot, not a stationary bike.|