I just took my board exams today, and am celebrating by writing a blog post.
I have to say, Taipei (TaiBei , if you’re from the mainland) is a gorgeous, friendly and super-clean city.
I boarded the plane yesterday with much trepidation and a blank mind, having studied my brains out for the past weeks and months with variable intensity.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the airline I was traveling on was Eva Air!
(Only when you book on a Chinese website can you manage to do all your business and pay, without necessarily full clarification on the name of the airline, certainly not in English. It’s a mystery half of the time with the budget airlines.)
I rode a bus from the airport into town ($3.00) and arrived at my hotel, having passed about 397 coffee shops on the way.
There are literally about 4 coffee shops within eyesight of the hotel entrance, and a couple more around each corner.
I have an eye for that sort of thing, because I like coffee. And coffee shops are usually quite rare where I live. *sigh*
It’s actually probably good that the coffee shop is not a stone’s throw from my apartment, on second thought.
I also spotted this lovely sign to help prepare me mentally for the exam.
I keep being amazed by the amount of fluent American English I hear spoken everywhere.
And the coffee drinkers huddled in every corner shop.
And the clean, clean, clean sidewalks and alleys.
And the first feta-cheese containing meal I’ve had in forever at the Pita sandwich place near National Taiwan University.
And the helmets on every single head of every single mopedist.
They were everywhere.
I loved the roar of 50-100 mopeds all taking off in the moped lane when the light turned green.
I loved the absence of cars on the sidewalk.
I loved the signs in the subway.
Taipei, I’ll be back.
Long before my next recertification test in 10 years.