Wow. Just wow. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but not even pictures can describe just how beautiful Hualien, Taiwan and Toroko National Park are. I’ll do my best, but if you get nothing else from my post, know this: Eastern Taiwan is an underrated, must-see landscape for nature lovers and adventurers.
Unlike the other articles I’ve written so far, this one doesn’t involve me going anywhere outside my dorm room. But I think it’s worth writing nonetheless: playing Overwatch is quite the experience here in Asia.
It’s been a while since I last posted! I’ve been busy preparing for three presentations due by Wednesday, but now I finally have some time to recap the past week and a half.
Wow, things have been busy here over the past few days. Friday night, Hong Kong kicked off Chinese New Year with its annual parade, and we haven’t had classes since, so I’ve gotten to explore more of Hong Kong.
Today is New Year’s Eve in the Chinese lunar calendar, and festivities have been ramping up throughout Hong Kong. One tradition is that nighttime markets pop up all across the city, and I visited the largest one this week.
This weekend was a great one here in Hong Kong; on Saturday, several of us exchange students spent the day on Lamma Island, and on Sunday morning, I attended a church service for the first time since my arrival.
I’m convinced, and this is not an exaggeration, that for just about everything Hong Kong and America have in common, Hong Kong does it better. Seriously. I’ll probably make a post by the end of my experience here about all the things Hong Kong is just better at than America, but one that gets an article of its own is the movie-going experience.
So, it’s cold here in Hong Kong. I thought I was leaving cold weather behind, but it followed me. Fantastic.
During my time in Hong Kong, life has obviously been different from life in Ohio. Big differences, like riding the bus and taking the MTR instead of driving, impact everyday life in substantial ways. But I’ve also noticed a slew of small differences. They’re not life-changing, but they’re just enough to make me say “Huh, that’s interesting.” I’ve been sick this week and haven’t really done anything, so I’d like to share these observations in the meantime.
This week capped off my first week of classes at HKBU, and I also did some more sightseeing in my spare time. It’s been a busy week, but I’ll do my best to fill you in.