this overdue blog update is brought to you by the friendly neighborhood construction...grrr
Life in Taiwan is punctuated by short breaks between construction it seems. First it was the house above us, then across the street, and now it seems to be right outside my window.. i mean somewhere below. Anyways, there's nothing I can do about it, except be grumpy that it woke me up at 8 on a SATURDAY morning!
Taiwan doesn't have as much construction as China, especially from what I remember from Hong Kong, and of course I'm sure there's even more in Beijing as it's getting ready to host the Olympics. But people are always building something new, or renovating their old place, or building an MRT station or.... It just seems like there's way more than in Canada, and due to the close proximity of everyone, especially in crowded Taipei, you can tend to feel like there's no escape from it! On a list of countries by population density, Taiwan is number 15. What about Canada? 230!!!! By the way, Macau, Hong Kong, and Singapore are numbers 2, 3, and 4, respectively.
Anyways, since I'm up for the day, here's a bit about what I've been doing lately.
The past two weeks, I've been getting ready to start up my English bible study in Yilan again, and last week we had another English worship service. I was really busy getting ready for it, since I was in charge of almost all of it! It went well, but the timing is not quite right for it to become a regular thing at this point.
I've been hanging out a bit with my friends in Taipei, and we had a pizza party a couple weeks ago. I also got to go to the very-expensive-but-worth-it-once-in-a-while TGI Fridays last weekend. I eat a lot more western food in Taipei than I do in Yilan. I've also been making some Mexican, since I picked up wraps, salsa etc. at Costco. Every now and then you just need to have some slices of life back home...
In classes I've been quite ambitious this semester, wanting to get even more out of my advanced classes. I just started tackling debate with one group, and I'll be starting Pride and Prejudice with some of my girls' classes next week!
Well that's all for now... I should go get some breakfast!