It has been kind of a rough week, and I'm way too exhausted to give you any solid content right now. But the fact that my most recent post is super-nerdy probably needs to change. So, get ready for the first of maybe many picture posts. Easy for me to write, fun for you to (not have to) read... it's a win-win!
First, a picture I took from the plane window on our short flight from Taipei to Kaohsiung; August 1, 2008.
A view of downtown Kaohsiung by the Love River; August 2, 2008.
One of the subway stations. Kaohsiung's subway is brand new, and a line going by our apartment is due to open in September.
Sizhiwan Bay, near Dr. Sun Yat-Sen University. View from the former British Consulate at "Takao" (the former colonial name of Kaohsiung). It was cloudy and I was using my grainy phone camera-- don't be fooled, Kaohsiung is a city with very clean and clear skies, unlike its cross-strait counterparts; August 8, 2008.
A view from the Cultural Center, which is a block from our apartment. If you can see the Converse store in the distance, that's our block; August 1, 2008.
Finally, some pictures from our trip to Qijin (Cijin) island, which is a 20 minute bus and 20 minute ferry from where we live; August 3 (or 4?), 2008.
Kaohsiung city skyline from Qijin light house
Me on the beach at Qijin
I had never seen black sand before. It's not dirty, it's just black.
People gather for a cultural performance by the beach at sunset. Note the palm trees... who knew I was coming to a tropical island for my year abroad?
I have so much to say that I don't know where to start, but hopefully these pictures can entertain you until I choose my next must-publish post.
Also, I realize I haven't used Chinese in a while. Don't worry. It will return soon.