Monday the 2nd of June 2014
I woke up late again today, it was almost 3PM. I pottered around in my room, drinking strawberry milk tea and eating chocolate. I might make myself a cup of tea. Despite feeling like I’ve had a rather unproductive weekend, I did manage to give myself an Internet language lesson. By that I mean, using various YouTube videos and websites to teach myself Polish. I took one of my empty notebooks from my suitcase and wrote the Polish alphabet on the first page, I then starting researching pronunciation, spelling, writing etc. It was quite good. I’m really looking forward to moving to Warsaw in August. Here’s a little bit about the school I’ll be working with in Warsaw, Poland as of September 2014:
This weekend was actually a long weekend and Dragon Boat Festival or 端午节. ‘Dragon Boat Festival is said to commemorate the sacrifice of Qu Yuan, a legendary Chinese poet. In Mi Lo River around 2000 years ago, he drowned himself to protest against the rulers and to stop corruption. As respect to the poet, people throw dumplings into the river to stop fish from feeding on the poet’s body as well as make noise to scare the fish away.’ I was supposed to go on a trip to Tainan (臺南 or 台南) with some of the other teachers but on Saturday I was so exhausted I could hardly move. I hoped it went well for everyone though. I’m still tired; it’s almost 10PM here in Taiwan. I want to watch yesterday’s Game of Thrones episode but my boyfriend isn’t online and we usually watch it together whilst on Skype. I ate McDonalds and watched Men in Black II last night, which was fun. The air raid siren went off again on Thursday; I have to admit, it really freaks me out. I was later told by a friend that it’s actually a national air defence drill, an annual event and that the all-clear should be sounding as he commented under my status update. He told me not worry. I was still a little worried. I haven’t felt anymore earthquakes though which is good. I’m definitely not a fan of those. One of my neighbours dries laundry on their scooter. I took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook as I found it really interesting for some reason. I have a garbage bag in my apartment I need to get rid of, it smells like rotten apples.
I can’t wait to get back to Europe. I like Taiwan and it is such a fascinating experience being here but I just find it so hard to live what I’d like to consider ‘a normal life’. I want to listen to Chopin on a park bench whilst eating a giant pretzel without having to worry if the ground is going to start shaking or if cockroaches and spiders are going to crawl all over me as I sleep.