So basically, the 13 hour flight was as bad as it sounds. Even though I tried to sleep less the night before, I was barely able to doze off, but I could tune out the world without using my precious phone battery thanks to a music selection that brought back memories throughout the past year (T-Swift, Les Mis, Imagine Dragons). The food sucked as always.
The best part about flying Eva (though it has gone downhill over the years) is that if I don't catch the announcement in English I still have two more chances in Mandarin and Taiwanese. It's refreshing to hear Taiwanese accents and dialect and being surrounded by familiar accents.
Usually the immigration thing isn't too bad. Except this time, three international flights came in at the same time, full of giant tours from China and Japan, resulting in the longest of lines for visitors. At moments like this I wish I held a dual citizenship. Waiting the extra hour to get out of the airport was not fun but after getting picked up by my aunt and my cousin, I too exhausted to feel anything. As always, the humidity succeeds in surpassing my worst expectations. I tend to forget what heat feels like until I go outside. The air is thick, you feel like you walked into a sauna, your skin gets sticky, your legs stick to chairs, you feel a layer of grime covering you, your clothes are stuck onto your skin, etc. Man do I miss California's Mediterranean climate.
Best part about being in Taiwan/not being in suburbia. There's so much going on at midnight. You'll never go hungry no matter what the hour. It's awesome. So on our way back from the airport thanks to my awesome cousin we just slid by a hole in wall and had some 涼麵. Yummy in my tummy. I missed the authentic hole in wall culture of Taiwan.
My uncle picked me up along with one other uncle and two aunts (I have a lot of relatives, 2 more makes 11). While they argued about who was fatter or who was more annoying or when to drink the coffee, I stared out the window and was too tired to even be annoyed. One hour later we pulled up at National Central University.