Today was our final full day in Taiwan. We were happy to catch up on sleep with a later start this morning. After a debriefing morning where we talked about challenges, new experiences, and favorite moments we all concluded that the trip went very fast and we are sad to leave.
We were disappointed in the rainy morning but it soon cleared up and ended up being a very enjoyable day.
We started with lunch at Cha for Tea restaurant. We then headed to Fort San Domingo for sightseeing and to walk around the surrounding areas. We then headed to Old Town Street in the Dan Shui area for shopping and snacking. Finally, we ended the day with dinner at the hotel restaurant with special guests Max Liu, Lynne Lee, and Andy Lee. These three guests from Ming Chuan University will be visiting SVSU in a couple short weeks. Our guides for the day, Carol Song and Sandra Chen did a wonderful job showing us around. Part of dinner included celebrating Carol’s birthday, which is tomorrow! We sang her “Happy Birthday” and ate birthday cake, of course.
Tomorrow we will be boarding a plane and heading back to Michigan. It is a bittersweet ending knowing that our memorable trip to Asia is coming to and end, but we are very excited to return home and share our experiences with friends and family.
(Marissa and Audrey)
One of the sights we saw today was Bopiliao, a preserved historic district with buildings preserved or reconstructed as they were over 100 years ago. We had an in-depth tour of the museum located along part of the street by a guide named Uncle Frank, who told us about the medical history of taiwan, tea shops, and the history of Taipei. After the guided tour we wandered along the street, and many of the buildings have been converted to art galleries, with oil paintings, ceramics, and other photographic displays.
One of the most impressive sights so far in Taiwan has been the Chiang Kai-shek memorial. The main building is much larger than it seemed like it would be from the pictures (though buildings like that usually are). The central memorial was clearly modeled after Abraham Lincoln’s memorial in Washington, D.C., with a large opening leading into a chamber with Chiang Kai-shek seated on a large marble chair. Unforunately we did not have much time to see the inside, but there were a number of very interesting artifacts covering the life and times of CKS, as he is often called.