So I've found a decent bagel place in Taipei. This is a big deal, because bagels were a staple of mine when I was little and I miss them so much. Obviously, I am in a country where rice is a staple, but I need bread
all the time every once in a while. When I walked into the place, I met a someone who lived nine blocks from me back home who is studying here full time. I came back the next day and met the owner, who lived in New York in the 80s and offered to teach me Taiwanese. She told me she has an actual Taiwanese/English textbook, which I'd love to get my hands on. I think I've found another regular spot for weekend brunch and general chillaxation. The cupcakes are incredible.
Also, I met a Philipino cab driver today who apprenticed as a chef for twelve years before getting his taxi driver's license. He gave me his card, and I think I'm going to let him drive me to some good eateries around the city. Apparently he knows an Italian restaurant owned by a real Italian man with a real Italian chef, which sounds great. I don't know any expats who have opened restaurants here.
Tomorrow I'm heading to Hualien, the Eastern part of Taiwan, with the CIEE group. At first I wasn't going to go, but Carol (resident coordinator)'s face looked was so crestfallen when I told her my plans to stay in Taipei that I changed my mind. We're going to Taroko Gorge, Taiwan's most famous national park. I'm really looking forward to it, much more than I thought I would. I don't think I'll be able to post on Thursday, but I'll be back on Friday!
Happiest of Tuesdays.