Weekends thus far have been escape from dorms to relatives, reunion in Taipei, hide out typhoon with relatives, reunion in Kaohsiung, relatives...house hunting? Life has become a lot more rhythmic, things are starting to fall in place, and the stress has died down a little bit. The regal silhouette of Taipei 101 has become a familiar symbol of home, and the walk through the nicest part of Taipei back to the dorms has become a daily stroll. I'm not sure if it is actually cooling down a little in Taipei or if (gasp) I am growing accustomed to the tropical heat. Traveling in Taipei had become living in Taipei.
Between full days of work, I occasionally get out, with planned "field trips" and the escape to the south. After work, I make a point to get out, and stay out until a reasonable time (around 11pm) so I can get back to the grimy old dorm, shower as fast as possible while praying no cockroaches will land on me, and then pass out until morning. Before long, I knew the food options in all the department stores by heart, and regained the ability to navigate the labyrinth that is the underground maze mall of Taipei Main Station. I could count the number of stations between where I am and where I want to go without looking at a map and walk from TMU to the mrt station with my eyes closed. Not really. I would trip. Or get run over. It's starting to feel like home.
Well, basically, it was orientation. So more presentations. Tours of the fascinating library and gym. And then we actually hauled a tour bus to go tour a hospital. Yeah. That happened. All the while, I was trying to enroll in my second pass classes. Yay. After finishing off on campus, we headed over to one of the three TMU affiliated hospitals for an introduction to the medical system in Taiwan. Little did I know, this would be the first in a series of programs regarding mostly healthcare. I didn't know I sign up for the USC Global Medicine Masters Program...
Below are photos from Shuangho Hospital. In case you were wondering, which I'm sure you weren't, we took a tour bus.
Day 2 happened, aka the first day of work. And then day 3, the second day of work. And then life just went on.
this is tmu
After work, it was off to the mrt station.
And then waiting for a bus and watching wig videos.
And the dropping off laundry for a friend and bussing to Taipei Main.
And then not being on B3 and waiting in the Grand Hall.
And then finding our hobo friend with a pillow and taking her shopping.
After eating in Breeze, we run through underground malls looking for animal print and hearts. We taxi back to the dorms and get pretty in record time.
Then it's another taxi, making it in time to get in to Luxy for free by approximately 3 and a half minutes. Where I saw everyone I did and didn't want to see there. It was awesome.
The next day we were up bright at early (aka before noon...) to go back to Q-Square to pick up another hobo before going to shop at Ximending (aka get nails did since it was raining). And reunite with I-Bus. 'Cause I-Bus gets no love in Taipei.
Below, the "old street"