Just a quick update while I'm trying to survive this week. I officially have a cold!!!! I was feeling a bit under the weather since I've been here but it was just mild head cold symptoms/allergies going haywire. Now my nose is stuffed, my throat's been sore/itchy. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow!
I started teaching my classes. It's demanding but I love it so far, especially the young ones.
Albert and I found a dance studio to start going to (when I get better). I'm really excited-- it's run by two professional dancers and I saw them compete a few weekends ago (where I also saw the top 7 couples in the world).
I went to the National Palace Museum this weekend with some friends. It has artifacts 2000 or more B.C. (no "E" here in this blog hehe :P). It was really interesting- we saw a cabbage carved out of a piece of jade. It was my favorite part! A little disappointing it wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but still impressive. We saw some crazy ivory/bone carvings. I don't know how to explain this clearly but there were 17 rotatable ivory balls inside each other and they all had intricate carvings in them. There was also a super tiny wood boat with an entire book carved into it. Lots of pottery, porcelain, and "wine vessels." For me it got a little boring because I don't have any background knowledge on Chinese history but I know it was an awesome experience to be able to see it.
I've tried a lot of crazy food. Surprisingly, I'm taking to eating only Chinese food really well. Western food almost grosses me out here- it tastes different. But we still have Subway and McDonalds and KFC.
But this job is a LOT of work- so much to plan.... so little time to do other things. The idea for now is to just get settled in, and get in a good routine at my schools, then when we move to central Taipei I'll start taking Chinese classes and try to catch up with some people I know but haven't seen yet.
I just hope this cold goes away fast- not fun!
PS- I posted some new pictures on facebook under Taiwan March 2010. Go check them out.