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Since I’m not a big fan of compulsive photographing, I usually only care to post photos when something special happens or when I go travelling. However, I think some of the things that happen everyday are worth recording as well, because even though I might not find it very interesting now when I’m in the middle of it, that will of course change. Similarly, most visitor to my website will be unfamiliar with what my everyday life here looks like. For these reasons, I’ve tried to collect some photos of the environment and the people I spend most of my time with. Enjoy!


This is my teacher and classmates for my regular (ten hours per week) class. Siting from left: Tai-tian, Guo-xiong. Standing from left: Yu-xia, me, teacher Zou, Qiu-heng, Bao-luo.


It looks like a promotion campaign for the language centre, I know.


More “studying”.


I think we have these two ladies to thank for the fact that regardless of what we are studying, class is never boring.


Final “exam” in my Taiwanese class, consisting of recording dialogues.


We were supposed to learn the dialogues by heart, but let’s just say that some chapters are longer than others. If it isn’t clear, the pink text is the dialogue and the white lines are the tones.


Campus.


Students.


More campus.


One, two, one, two, one, two…


Wenzao has a lot of students who are going to be teachers of Chinese in the future, and they find foreigners to practice on. I’ve spent a couple of hours every Tuesday with these two. As is the case with my normal class, I have a lot of fun at the same time as I learn a lot of Chinese.


This is my favourite restaurant and its proprietor.


Group photo!


And this is the result of my ordering. Sometimes I ask them to chose for me and they give me extra food to taste occasionally (this time sugar cane).


Someone wants to cut my hair, hide!


Here Vanessa doesn’t look as intimidating. I love the hat!


These are the only westerners I meet with regularly. From left to right: Evan (US), Robert (Canada). Ruf (Germany). We’ve been role-playing on Fridays since I moved to Gaoxiong, mostly Shadowrun.


These people I got to know through the guy on the left, Riccardo, who I’ve been doing language exchange with for some time. This is from a barbecue last weekend.


This is allegedly a traditional way of cooking (sweet) potatoes. Build a pile of stones, heat them up as much as possible and…


…burrow the food in the smoldering ruins.


Of course, it’s not that easy to find the food again.


Riccardo again, now with food. I ate about as much this day as the rest of the week taken together.

I hope I can keep in contact with these people even when I move to Taipei next semester. They mean a lot to me and have made the previous semester possibly even better than last year, and that’s to say something. Good-bye, I’ll miss you.

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