please go away The third typhoon in less than a full week is coming Taiwan's way. We've had rain, rain, and more rain since Thursday. The sky has been dark and deary for the last few days. Since I do most of my getting around by foot or scooter, rain makes life difficult. It forces me to stay home or get wet. If it is light rain, I totally don't mind getting wet. But, today it has been a constant, heavy downpour. I have many things I need to be doing in order to be moving; otherwise, I would just sit back with a good book and enjoy the rain, but right now . . . I just need it to please go away!! Oh, and this rain has come with thunder. Now, I am from Texas, so I know how to enjoy a good thunderstorm. But, let's just say thunder clapping and then reclapping through a maze of high rises . . . not quite the same as effect as thunder on the plains of Texas.
Tiffany and Becka's adventures--day 6 (part 2) After several outdoor stops and riding around on mopeds in the HOT sun, we needed to cool off. So, what better way than to enjoy some fruit and ice? Me and my students introduced Tiffany and Rebecca to what would be their first of many "chaw bing" delights. :) ~*~*~*~ After an early evening swim, we celebrated two birthdays on the beach--Afra's and Anna's. It was my first time to ever have cake on the beach!! :) ~*~*~*~ Then we had dinner off the street--Kenting Street turns into a night market at night with lots of souvenir shopping and great foods to try. The girls were able to have some of their faves--Taiwanese fried chicken and freshly squeezed-to-order fruit drinks. I, on the other hand, got to enjoy squid and try duck's tongue for the first time (let's just say it is harder to chew than pig's ears). ~*~*~*~ Before Tiffany, Becka, and I crashed and fell asleep (while the others went back out to the night market street till 3 in the morning) . . . we went back to the beach to play with sparklers. Fun!! ~*~*~*~ Finally, one of the cool things is that all along Kenting Street, right behind all the street vendors and above all the souvenir shops are small "hotels." And, the fun thing about these hotels is that they have rooms with beds for EIGHT people! That's right--eight girls, one room. Fun, right? :) ~*~*~*~ And, that's it for day 6. Once again, if you want to you can look at all the day 6 pictures on flickr (there are over 200 from that day alone).