Today we embarked upon a day filled with a variety of “firsts” for many in our group. We paid an eye-opening visit to 龙山寺 (Lóng Shān Sì), where students were exposed to Buddhist religion (many for the first time) and how the philosophy and practices of Buddhism fit into local Taiwanese culture.
Then, we proceeded to visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial where we learned a little bit about the history of Taiwan’s beginnings and its founding father:
Finally, we finished out the day at our first night market experience at 士林夜市场 (Shí Lín Yè Shì Chǎng): The most well-known and most frequented night market in Taiwan can only be described as a delicious and mesmerizing case of sensory overload. Enticing smells, eye-catching colors, boisterous sounds, and scrumptious tastes bombarded us at every corner, and it was all we could do to keep up: These included, but were not limited to, stinky tofu, oyster omelettes, and the “unconventional-parts-of-chicken-barbecue.”
More updates to come!