My Mandarin instructor from Eastern Michigan has been visiting her family in Taiwan for the past two weeks. Yesterday, I got a chance to see her and meet some of her family during a short trip to Danshui and Bali.
On any given Tuesday, I am working, however, my class that meets on Tuesdays and Fridays recently finished their program, so they are given a week off before the rigors of the Advanced program commences.
Yes, Taipei is huge, luckily the city gives these away at all MRT stations so that tourists or foreigners living here can find places of cultural significance or clubs in which to make a fool of themselves.
I met my professor Lin Laoshi, her mother, her older brother, and his wife, at a Cantonese restaurant which is located at the Danshui MRT station. There I was treated to some wonderful Dim Sum, which I haven’t had since leaving Michigan, where I would organize as many people as possible for Dim Sum, often with very little success. The food was great, much better than the Dim Sum found in Michigan. Despite having just eaten breakfast, I managed to put a hearty dent in the dishes brought to the table.
After Lunch, Lin Laoshi and I took a stroll around Danshui and visited a couple shops before stopping for a refreshing Bubble Tea in hopes to beat the heat.
Just like most of my excursions around Taiwan, I didn’t see everything the first time, which means I have to go back in the near future to visit Hongmao Castle and the other offerings of the area I missed.