Tag Archives: Food

Welcome to Taiwan

9 Sep

Well, I have survived the first week here and I might even be starting to get used to the heat. You could say that I have become acquainted with some of Kaohsiung city and I am able to navigate the MRT (subway system). Luckily there are many people here who are willing to help you learn, if they have been here for two years or two days every one is really great about sharing advice. We are all in the same scenario or they have been in the same situation at one point or another so it is really good to know you have people who are so willing to help. It is all about good karma, so when new people arrived after me I was there to help them out as well.

In order to get to know the city better I feel that I just need to get out there and do things! So far I have seen only a couple places and gone to eat at a few different restaurants, but the city is full of life and there will be much to preoccupy my time with this semester (between classes and studying of course 😛 ). Prior to coming here everyone kept telling me that I was going to love the food, the people and the beauty of the country… well this was all extremely true. Here are a few pictures for you to see what I mean:

The first weekend here my exchange buddy took me to Cijin Island

Trying new food with my buddy's friend… yum yum!

Shaved ice with mixed fruit topping

Inside Famosa Boulevard MRT Station - 'Tunnel of Light'

The NSYSU campus is so beautiful

On the Taiwan tourism website, they say Taiwan is the ‘Heart of Asia’ and I totally agree with this, not because of the location but because of the kindness of the local people, they have beautiful hearts! On my first trip into the city from the school I was walking around a busy street with a few other exchange students trying to decide what food to try from the vendors. We clearly stood out in the crowd and a Taiwanese high school aged student walking with friends comes up to us smiles big and in English says, “Welcome to Taiwan” then walked away. This really touched my heart  ❤

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The Market in the Square

27 May

**This was supposed to be posted yesterday but my internet crashed at home while I was in the middle of writing this!**

Today is the official start to the St. Andrews Market Square Farmers Market. Every Thursday morning from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. For the last month I have been craving Thai food, tzatziki & hummus, curry, Vietnamese, sushi, and home made traditional Mexican salsa. (Not all at the same time of course!) Well let me tell you, I found all of that and more! This market is lovely… full of local character and maritime hospitality. Sadly I forgot my camera, but before you get upset, it is every Thursday for the rest of the summer… so pictures will be in weeks to come!

Some of my favorite stalls included:

  • A local family who makes a random bunch of delicious goodies, including sushi, cookies, and home-made fresh rhubarb lemonade (you can get it sparkling or still),
  •  A lady from the UK who makes homemade jellies/jams/chutneys… everyone has their favorite & I would have to say that I absolutely loved the mango chutney (sweet & spicy) and there was a balsamic twist on the traditional red pepper jelly (yum yum yum!), and
  • A man who was from Turkey who fed me all the hummus, tzatziki, and pita bread I could imagine (Reminded me a lot of Sydney Road in the Brunswick district of Melbourne, when Karina and I went on a tasting adventure with our teacher Helen).

Treats from Sydney Road, Melbourne, Australia

It seems like for the last two weeks we have had nothing but rainy and gloomy days. Finally the sun decided to appear yesterday and again today! It gave me a glimpse of the summer and got me oh so excited! Sunny summer days, BBQs with pals, star-fish fishing on the pier, enjoying ice cream at the Blockhouse, swimming at Katys Cove… BRING ON SUMMER!!!