Return of Intern Diaries: 長榮鳳凰礁溪酒店

First hour on the job and before my brain can adjust to the Chinese language again, I am climbing on hands and knees through a crawl space in a bat and spider infested cave, bat dung glistening green like small gem stones hidden within the blackest browns of mud. It reminded me of this rock from the Studio Ghibli movie, Whisper of the Heart, the brilliant green below peaking it’s way out,struggling to reveal it’s true self. Continue reading Return of Intern Diaries: 長榮鳳凰礁溪酒店

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The Intern Diaires: Dinner Plans with Japan

I live with the Yilan County’s Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival’s International performers in a dorm in Sanxing. ( the internet connection here is absolutely terrible, which has made blogging regularly quite difficult). Since I’ve been in Sanxing I have lived with: Armenia, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Bolivia, India, Philippines, Russia, Hungary, Guam, Korea, Hong Kong, Turkey, Serbia, and I’ve only met one other American who has been living in Taiwan for the last 20 years (his Chinese was off the hook!), and presently I am the only American living in the dorms.

It’s a bit like being at home surrounded in diversity, and let me tell you…it’s been pretty amazing. Continue reading The Intern Diaires: Dinner Plans with Japan

The Intern Diaries: A little lonely in Luodong; learning to be confident alone in a foriegin land

I don’t like the word lonely.

When I was in high school, no one really talked to me, and I didn’t really try to talk to anyone — when I did I often failed to make the connection, and feeling disappointed and depressed, I would withdraw into my books — a little bit like Sophie in her gray dress wandering the streets, hiding her face, and hoping not to be seen. Continue reading The Intern Diaries: A little lonely in Luodong; learning to be confident alone in a foriegin land

The Intern Diaries: 5Qchannel – learning chinese via animation and manga

I love animation! I am a huge Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki fan. I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons with my brother where my love for Batman and the infamous Kevin Conroy (hands down the best actor to ever play The Batman) blossomed. I cried buckets the first time I watched the Pixar classic “Up” and marveled at the billions of balloons that lifted the little old house and the little old man into the sky. Continue reading The Intern Diaries: 5Qchannel – learning chinese via animation and manga