I know it’s Tuesday and we haven’t updated in a while, but it’s been a busy (long) weekend. On Thursday we moved into our house (pictures will follow tomorrow?), got a scooter, and learned the route to school and home. Friday was when the typhoon was supposed to hit, but we only caught the edge of the storm and had some wind and 4 hours of rain (it was nothing compared to some storms we’ve been through). The same typhoon has circled back around and will hit the east coast of Taiwan some time today, but we will only get some showers and a breeze from it.
Imagine us driving around town on this!
Everyone at our school has been very helpful with reviewing our lease, showing us around, and familiarizing us with the area. Yesterday, Sophie, the teacher who shares an office with us, took us to get our bank accounts and a cell phone (no, you probably don’t want to call us from the states- it would cost a lot :P). We did some exploring on Sunday, drove around, went to a market, and visited the Rainbow Bridge at night.
So far we have had a blast with our scooter! Not only are we able to get around quickly and easily, but it is a lot of fun to drive 🙂 I do most of the driving, but Olivia has started trying her hand at it and has done alright (after a bit of practice on a deserted road). The people here drive pretty crazy, but don’t worry, everyone wears helmets. Actually, when we bought our scooter the mechanic said he would throw in some new helmets if we taught him ten English phrases, so we traded our knowledge for headgear.
Kinda glad we’re not wind surfing today!
I guess these were the remnant waves from the typhoon.
Here’s the rainbow bridge during the day at high tide.
It’s gorgeous lit up at night!
We’ve heard they do a fireworks show here at the beginning of the summer 😀
Our first real dinner at the house- stir-fry chicken and rice with garlic, ginger, and carrots!
Now that we have a kitchen, we have finally been able to make some food for ourselves, but that hasn’t kept us from eating out, either. One of the great things about living here is that it’s nearly just as cheap eating out as it is eating at home! Our favorite has been Sao-Ro-Fan (Salty pork) from a little stand across the street from the school- It’s a lot of food (pork, rice, greens, and a fried egg) for a little money (Olivia and I both get one for a total of $4 US). Of course, we can’t turn down the occasional pizza, either 🙂
Shrimp and pineapple pizza! (Though not as good as the Seafood pizza- squid, shrimp, crab, and more!)
One of the teachers brought us some dragonfruit. They taste so sweet!
I know that a lot of people are still a bit unsure of where we are, exactly, so I have posted a few maps below for your enjoyment. If you’re truly computer savvy, here’s a location you can plug into Google Earth to zoom out from our school and get an idea through the magic of interactive maps! (23.56383,119.583336)
Taiwan is SW of Japan, SE of China, and E of Hong Kong.
This shows most of Penghu County (except for some of the further outlying islands). Magong City is circled 🙂
This might give you an idea of where some things are in our city.
Students start school this Thursday, so we are working hard making lesson plans and preparing our first lessons (Olivia’s made two while I have been typing this). I guess I should lend a hand. More to come soon, including pictures of our house!!
Here are some of the interesting things we’ve seen around town:
Some fresh eels- they don’t get fresher than that!
I can see people playing croquet across the street from my desk.
Here’s another view from our office. The green-sided building is one place where we eat sometimes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed!