The weather here has cooled quite a bit, thanks to some unseasonable weather!

Typhoon season in these parts is supposed to be over at the end of September. So, to get something this late, and from the direction it’s coming is quite rare. I can’t speak to the local reaction because I don’t understand the weather forecast or people speaking around me. I do know that no one said anything to us to warn about about impeding danger, but they didn’t say anything when the massive storm came in early October, either. This time, we only got cooler temperatures, grayer skies and a drizzle that has lasted for 2 days. I think there’s another typhoon out there near us, but I’m not sure where.

I’m thinking about some of the little, daily stuff that makes life so different.

  • Students brush their teeth after lunch.
  • Some restaurants do not serve beverages. Those that do, usually bring drinks when the meal is done.
  • Fruit can only be purchased when it is in season. A wide variety of fruit grows on the island, so little is imported. Fruits are typically purchased from street vendors. Most of the grocery stores we’ve gone to sell few meats and vegetables.
  • Little beef is eaten here. I think they have ox that are work animals, few cows to provide meat. Pork and chicken are the meats of choice.
  • There are a lot of stray dogs here. A LOT.
  • There is a train system that can be used to travel most of the island. A high speed train system has recently been built and travel from north, almost to the southern time takes under 2 hours. There is no high speed on the east coast.
  • In Taiwan, the current year is 96. The calendar here begins when Taiwan received its controversial independence.
  • Taiwan recycles! Trash is always seperated. Food, plastics, paper, other. Food goes to the pigs!
  • The official language here is Traditional Mandarin, as opposed to simplified Mandarin spoken in Mainland China. There is also a Taiwanese language and it is found here in the southern part of the country.
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