Since it's almost dinner time here, I'll start with a picture of food. Mmm, food.
|The Magistrate and I|
Exciting thing 1: I met the Yilan County Magistrate. They held a press conference to introduce the new Fulbrighters. And the Magistrate gave each of us a big bag of rice cakes that were made with the rice last year's Fulbrighters planted. They're very tasty.
Exciting thing 2: Yesterday we got to go to the International Children's Folklore and Folkgames Festival. The awesome part? It was held at the Dongshan River Water Park. So, after a morning of learning useful Chinese phrases for ordering food, we got to spend all afternoon playing around at a Taiwanese water park! Since my camera isn't waterproof, I didn't get the chance to take too many pictures. But take my word for it, it was really cool. I even got to ride a water bike (the Chinese version with pontoons made of empty water bottles, not one of those fancy Western-style water bikes with kayaks attached). Then, because one of the themes of the festival was
|The woman on the left is the TP rep.|
recycling, we were given some eco-friendly toilet
paper. The catch? We got roped into posing for a photo. Odds are we'll all end up on a billboard somewhere with the catch phrase "Even Americans like our toilet paper!"
|Mango shaved ice = best thing ever|
Exciting thing 3: I took a trip (the first of many) to the Luodong night market. There were lots of wonderful looking things to eat there but the thing I was really excited for was shaved ice. It's a Taiwan specialty and everyone I talked to told me just had to try it. When I finally saw it in the night market, I knew why. I got mango shaved milk ice. Soooo good!
Okay, one more completely unrelated food picture and I'm calling it a night. Bonus picture:
|I got a bear donut from Mr. Donut's! It was adorable and|
filled with cookies and cream :)