Captin Mandarin

Friday, 22 February 2008

Story so far

I appologise in advance if I rant a little ,not really used to this sort of thing.(day 1,fake geordie accent) set off from heathrow about 10 pm , after playing endless games of 20 questions on the way ,somehow proving im slightly psychic.anyway flight was about 12 hours to hong kong then a short blast over to taiwan.can't say I enjoyed my first experience of flying ,was somewhat obsessed with the amount of air between me and the ground !Arrived in taipei 1am local time ,got a lift to our digs which were on the edge of the city near the mountains ,it was unusually cold ,which annoyed steve but made me smile.Slept much of day 3 feeling emotional and homesick.We were staying with 2 brothers 1 chinese who spoke no english and a spanish bro who is fluent in english and mandarin (boo hiss)day 4 ,decided we needed to get something done so went searching for a hostel ,because we were too far away from uni ,got a mrt card which allows you to travel the metro ,and eventually found a hostel which overlooks the main train station and taipei 101 (tallest building in the world)was abeautifull sunny day ,20c ,taipei is a great city with a diverse archetecture .Today enrolled at uni which starts on 3rd march ,only gonna be in a beginners class cause of lack of experience with characters.also looked at an appartment which is only 2 stops from uni .first impressons are ,completely different culture ,very youth oriented ,fashion consious but polite .everyone has scooters and rides like manics .thats about it sorry for boring you promise to get some pictures for next update -andre

6 comments:

Justin said...

Glad to hear you made it OK, hope the homesickness wears off soon. Can't think of anything else to write now! Not really sure that we need pictures of you and Steve looking jet-lagged tho!

Tim Harrison said...

Great to hear from you! Sounds like you're off to a great start. My dad has a million pictures from the windows of planes and he's been on quite a few! the view never gets old eh. Im sure you'll settle in soon and wont want to come home!(its rainy and windy and cold here by the way!)

Karli said...
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Karli said...

Hey Andy (and Steve)!
Glad to hear you are coping ok. I'm sure you will soon get into the way of life there. We are looking forward to you coming home, but make the most of it while you are there. Can't wait for some pictures of the shaved head!! You do realise the picture you sent Tim is spreading across the country...

David Harrison said...

Hi boys,

Could you send us updates to be read out for the congregation please.

Could you send it to my address: d.harrison12@blueyonder.co.uk

Thanks!

David

Steve said...

Steve, give us your new phone number so that we can text and call you