We had our goodbye Thai lunch with our professor and supervisor on Tuesday. Our last co-intern lunch on Thursday. The magazine arrived a day early and everything went smoothly for once. The presentation was created and then presented, once on Thursday in front of our fellow TMU interns, and then again on Friday at the Academic Conference at the National Science Council. I purchased clothes for both the conference and the banquet and bought a lot of...shoes. YAY SHOES. The banquet breezed by on Saturday. I spent my last night at the Jiantan Youth Center. I guess everything circles back. And then it was over.
last wednesday "off"
After breakfast, we ventured down the blue line all the way to Banqiao to wander the streets for a small while. We end up in this "tea shop", aka a restaurant that sells a giant portions of tea, a bunch of set meals, and a big selection of "snacks" and features a large smoking section at the front of the store where people sit for hours...I think it's a cultural thing. Anyways, we lingered for a while before the screaming children got the best of us. Of course as soon as we stepped out, we realized that it was pouring outside.With one umbrella and three people, we stayed at 7-eleven...for a long while. As soon as the rain died down into a drizzle we were back down the blue line to Hankyu for dinner.
thursday: last day of work
Saturday was banquet day. The elaborate dinner was at the Ambassador Hotel and featured course after course while awards were being handed out. There was also questionable entertainment, including bartenders and some sort of interpretive dance...thing.
BRING ON THE...AFTERPARTY?
And that was the end of TTT. THE END.
After the sunrise, I took a short nap (6-10am), and strolled over to the MRT station. My morning stroll continued through Taipei Main...and all the way back home on the other side of Taipei. I ate lunch at Pucci in Hankyu with mom and cousin. Then the exhaustion got the best of me and I had to check out for a nap before the hike! Because it's always a good idea to hike after a night out... 200%worth it. Hashtag yolo. I don't even care because this was the essence of traveling. The beauty of sunsets is in the impermanence. Every moment is lost as it occurs, and there is only so much that can be captured, so much more that can be experienced. It's amazing what a 20 minute hike from the city offers. Absolutely breathtaking. I'll let the photos do the talking.
I present to you, Taipei. From Elephant Mountain.