internship, dorm life, and free sake

Before coming back home for the summer, I was a bit hesitant in going back to the same place to intern. Last summer I made some really good friends and had one of the best summers yet, and I did not think anything could top last summer. But fortunately I was proved wrong.

I don’t know if it is the place or the people, but something about interning here always brings the best out of me. Maybe I’ve just been really lucky both times to be able to meet people I actually want to get to know. It’s only been a mere two weeks and one day here, but I feel like I have known some of these people for a looong time already. I consider myself to be a pretty shy person, someone who takes a long time to get comfortable with new people. Ask any of my friends in Vancouver and they will tell you I am an introvert. But for some reason, I am always able to step out of my shell here. I never want to stay in my room and be alone if I have the chance to go out and make connections with the people here. I already know I am going to have a hard time saying goodbye to some of these people.

But anyways– onto what I have been doing in the past two weeks.
In the first few days I was back, my whole family was here as well and it was just nice to have the four of us together because nowadays its pretty rare for us to be. Especially now that my brother has graduated and that I am graduating in a year, I don’t know how often we will be able to all be together at the same time.

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Apart from the first few days, I’ve been spending most of my time living in the dorms for my internship.
Last Saturday we went on a Hakka tour around Hsinchu. I did the exact same thing last year so it wasn’t too exciting for me (Judging from their expressions and reactions, I actually don’t think it was too exciting for the other interns as well….). What was exciting was that it was my first trip out with my GoPro (yaaasss I finally got one!). It was kind of hard to use at first because Hero 3+ doesn’t come with a screen, but you get used to it after a while.
11717321_10153305345260865_4353383389237670666_o After the trip, a few of us went up to Taipei to hit the clubs. Definitely missed the Taipei nightlife. And Family Mart… or should I saw Family Bar… But it was some gooood bonding time. They were giving out free samples of beer and sake which was super convenient. We lost an intern by the end of the night, but he managed to find his way back to the hostel.
11722483_10153305350400865_8853915851033505780_o Saturday, we went to Danshui (or Tamsui… I don’t even know) to walk along the river. We took a boat the Fisherman’s Wharf but because of the after affects of the typhoon, the waves were reallyyy strong and splashed everyone standing in the back of the boat. In the late afternoon, we went to hike Elephant Mountain to catch the sunset. It was pretty rainy so the view wasn’t the greatest, but I guess we were lucky because we managed to get a few good shots before it started really pouring.
11745637_10153305353105865_8962346266407419610_nSooo yeah, I guess that marks the start of my adventures this summer in Taiwan!

xo sandra when she wanders

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