highways: [Dante from Devil May Cry looks down in the dark, his eyes are hidden.] (汪東城 ☌ 就算世界 與我為敵)
I have been absent from Dreamwidth lately, partially because I was crazy busy with schoolwork, presentations, and exams, and partially because I was having too hard a time with culture shock and its related complications to really be able to write a, hmm, fair and balanced view of how I was doing in Taiwan. I am mostly better now; exams are over, I actually got a 90 on a paper I was sure I failed, and I've picked up another part time English tutoring job I'm woefully unqualified for. I did end up failing my German midterm, but that's less to do with the language having it in for me than it has to do with how I was completely unprepared for basically nothing but English to German translation. Well, and unprepared generally, but still, this is how they test you on language abilities here? Translation and rote memorization and vocabulary? A rant for another time.

I still love Fahrenheit more than is healthy for me, though I'm pretty sure they've literally taught me hundreds of words by this point. Otherwise Mandarin is kicking my ass.

I'm going to 高雄 this weekend! The English for that is technically Kaohsiang but seriously, the longer I'm here, the more I hate Wade-Giles romanization. You know how you say that word? Gāoxióng. Is that even close? No it is not. Anyhow, it's the second largest city in Taiwan, after Taipei—I live in city number three, Taichung—it's on the southwest corner of the island, right on the coast, and is apparently super nice and pretty. We'll see!

Also of note: a few days ago the island was hit with a small but not insignificant earthquake, and since our room is on the 9th floor we felt that for a hell of a long time, like a minute at least. Also, due to this taekwondo controversy, Taiwanese people are like burning Korean flags and refusing to buy Korean food and shit, Korean bands like SNSD and Taiwanese bands like FRH are canceling trips to each other's countries, it's totally serious. It's basically completely overshadowing the fact that North Korea like totally attacked South Korea the other day. Taekwondo is serious business.
highways: [Dante from Devil May Cry looks down in the dark, his eyes are hidden.] (SHINee ☌ her whisper is the LUCIFER)
邊走邊看生命裡 每一片風景 )

This is still in progress, I'm coming back to it since I'm sort of sick and staying in bed for most of the day until I am no longer sick, because while I technically have health insurance I'm really not looking to aggravate my situation and try and navigate the health care system of Taiwan. My asthma in particular is starting to act up, which is something I completely, totally don't want to deal with. DAMN YOU, Taichung, if only you were LESS POLLUTED. And I wear a mask places and everything, I don't know what else I can do here.

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