My favorite activities in Taipei are riding YouBikes, hiking mountain trails, and spending a lot of time in libraries. I'm currently looking forward to cooler weather and some hikes around Yangmingshan and along the Yilan coast.
I have traveled around most of China and Southeast Asia, but not so much in recent years. The past three years have been split between Taipei and New Jersey.
In 2012 I taught English for a semester in Chongqing, China, then spent the summer on the Tibetan Plateau, then headed east to the Yellow Sea and ended up in Beijing where I hung around for 3 months. After some time back in the US, I headed to Taipei for a year of Mandarin Chinese study. 謝謝你讀我的自我介紹。請繼續。
Now I'm back in New Jersey, having taken some computer science classes at Stockton University, and getting ready to head back to Taipei to start a master's program in computer science.
movies: Back to the Future, Star Wars, Shawshank Redemption, Kung Fu Hustle, M, The Great Dictator
tv: Amazing Race, Parks and Recreation, Community, Breaking Bad, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
music: Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Who, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, Sonic Youth, Beck, Coldplay, Audioslave, Jack White, TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Blink-182, Polaris
food: Thai, Malaysian, Indian, and Sichuan cuisine. Red wine and cheese for a late night snack. Craft beer when out with friends.
My favorite food in Taipei is probably Vietnamese food. Though my favorite dessert is definitely Taiwanese (紅豆餅 red bean cakes). Also a big fan of 綠豆湯 (mung bean soup).
2. Chinese-English dictionary (Trying not to forget my vocab!)
3. Glasses (I'm fairly nearsighted, though I waited until junior year of high school to correct that problem)
4. Pillow (need that neck support!)
5. Passport. One time in Vietnam I was on a bus for an hour when I realized I had left my passport at the hostel back in Hanoi! Got off the bus next to a small roadside village and hailed down the next bus going the other way. An hour ride and a couple of moto taxis later and I was back in business.
6. Running water – warm if the air's chilly. You really appreciate a hot shower after a couple of weeks without one.
I also think a lot about travel, and when I can finally visit Nepal and India.
long walks and bike rides 'round town,
and planning cool trips.