Mike bought a GoPro recently, and we used it to put together this perspective on scootering in Taiwan. He did the vast majority of the work, but I did some artistic consulting and sometimes the camera’s on my head too! Check it out. It is best viewed in 720p.
Here’s an example of what someone might write on a postcard from Hsinchu:
I have really enjoyed my week in Hsinchu. The weather was really nice and the city is very beautiful. I visited the Glass Museum and spent a day riding a bicycle along the 17 km beautiful coastline road! The people here are very friendly. People often ask me where I am from. I have been trying lots of local food. I really like meatball soup, rice noodles and oyster omelets. They are delicious! Finally, last night I went to the Lantern Festival in nearby Jhubei. The lanterns were really colourful, and there were some amazing fireworks! I have taken many photos and I can’t wait to show you them when I get home.
See you on Friday,
It seems that I am still catching up a little with what was going on around the world while we were on vacation. And in this case, I literally mean around the world. In early February, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed the song I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) with the Barenaked Ladies (BNL) and the Wexford Gleeks, a show choir from Scarborough. The coolest part? Hadfield is currently in space, and he will become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station this month!
Hadfield and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies cowrote the song – a commission for the celebration of this year’s Music Monday. Music Monday is a day to celebrate music education, and this year (on May 6 at 1 pm Eastern time), I.S.S. will be performed by students across Canada. But enough from me. If you haven’t heard it already, you really should!
This post will show you an example of how to write up a day in your 7 day trip plan.
1. Example Trip Itinerary, two days in the Toronto area:
Remember to add pictures to your itinerary!
You will eat breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will take the subway (like the MRT) to the Royal Ontario Museum. It is a natural history museum that also has exhibits that teach about Canada’s First Peoples and the early years of the European settlement.
When you are finished at the museum, you will walk to Kensington Market. Kensington Market is a multicultural neighbourhood full of restaurants, cafes and vintage clothing shops. Choose a restaurant for lunch (we suggest Jumbo Empanadas or Oishi Kada Sushi), and then visit Moon Bean Cafe for a cup of coffee. Spend the afternoon shopping, and if you get bored of Kensington Market, you can walk to Queen Street, where there are more clothing stores.
You will take the subway to Bay Street, where you will have dinner at Canoe, a fancy restaurant that uses Canadian ingredients and cooking styles. After dinner, you will take the subway to Roy Thompson Hall, where you will watch a performance by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. After the performance, you will take the subway back to the hotel.
You will have breakfast at the hotel and then take the subway to the bus station. You will take a bus to Niagara Falls (2 h drive). Spend the day exploring the waterfalls, including taking a ride on the tourist boat called Maid of the Mist and riding the cable car. You will have lunch at a restaurant of your choice on the main street in Niagara. When you are ready, take the bus back in the evening. Finally, have dinner at the Irish Pub next door to your hotel.
2. Remember your questions (Q) from class, and my answers (A):
Q. How much money do you have to spend?
A. I have $30 000 NT to spend.
Q. How long are you going to stay?
A. I will visit Hsinchu City and County for 7 days.
Q. Where do you want to stay?
A. I want to stay at a hotel downtown, at middle price.
Q. What do you want to do?
A. I would like to spend one day shopping. I want to see some nature and the ocean. I also want to learn about the history of the area.
Q. What do you want to eat?
A. I want to try local food. I also want to have one meal in an expensive restaurant.
The last leg of our Chinese New Year vacation was in Cambodia. We spent a few days using Siem Reap as a base from which to explore the temples of Angkor, and then took a bus down to Phnom Penh, where we flew home from.