Just keeping everyone updated on our travel plans :)

We have just arrived in Japan and will soon be boarding for our long flight home. We are glad to have a moment to grab a snack and prepare for the journey!  We will see everyone soon!

Fun fact: We leave Japan at about 3pm and arrive in Detroit at about 2pm the sale day. Time travelling!

Just keeping everyone updated on our travel plans :)

We have just arrived in Japan and will soon be boarding for our long flight home. We are glad to have a moment to grab a snack and prepare for the journey! We will see everyone soon!

Fun fact: We leave Japan at about 3pm and arrive in Detroit at about 2pm the sale day. Time travelling!

At dinner some of us were adventurous and tried an unknown meat. After eating part of it we were informed that it was DUCK TONGUE!
At the conclusion of the meal we presented Carol with a delicious birthday cake and sang her a newly learned Chinese song.

At Fort San Domingo we got to go back in time and see what the buildings used to look like, we also had a great view of the surrounding mountains over the water! Today, Abigail got put in handcuffs, Rachel found a very friendly turtle, and Jeremy took some great pictures during our visit.

Our lunch at Cha for Tea was delicious - everything had tea as an ingredient! All morning was rainy and as we approached Fort San Domingo we were thinking it would never end but then the sun shone through!

May 29: Final Day

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)

This is a bit late- there were technological difficulties! But on May 24th we visited a spy sauce factory! The factory was 180 years old so it was pretty fascinating to see all the old buildings and how the sauce is made. Soy sauce has 3 main ingredients: soybeans, wheat, and salt. The whole fermentation process takes about a year! We also got to try some of the different flavors at the end of the tour!

Kate and Kerri
May 24th

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.

We ended our night by visiting another night market. We again enjoyed this new experience - the market is lively and full of new foods. Several RFs tried “stinky tofu,” which is a strong-smelling tofu. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up being a RF favorite, but we enjoyed the experience nonetheless!

Above are pictures of the stinky tofu, Bo-Pi-Lao, and the National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

(Sam and Jeremy)

This afternoon, we visited Lungshan Temple. Despite its city location, the temple features a waterfall and several fountains, and is full of greenery. Our tour guide explained the various customs linked to this temple, such as the love ritual. People silently ask a question, and then throw two red wooden objects on the floor. The answer to the thrower’s question is contingent on the way the objects fall. See Abigail pictured above - she got a yes!

(Sam and Jeremy)