Where do I even begin? I know I tend to say this after every trip, but my recent trip back to Taiwan was truly one of the best. Maybe there wasn’t the excitement of seeing the panoramic volcanic view in Santorini, being surrounded by fairy-tale castles in Prague, or sipping (chugging?) mezcal on a beach in Tulum, this trip left me feeling more centered – I might even say, it helped clarify some questions I’ve been pondering on and is guiding me towards a direction I want to go for my near future.
Sounds unreal? I would argue that’s the power of being “home”. As a TCK (Third Culture Kid, a term used to refer to people raised in a culture other than their parents’ for a significant part of their life) who has lived in various countries and attended schools with people from 50+ different countries, for the longest time I have come to accept that “where are you from” is not an easy question to answer and that I won’t feel 100% fit-in in any culture. Although this sentiment still rings true (for which I feel grateful for and it has hugely shaped who I am today), I can confidently say that I feel much closer to and proud of my Taiwanese heritage. After all, this is where I was born and spent all my childhood years in.
Anyways, I guess I can go on and on about how touched or enlightened I’ve felt on this trip, but for the most part, this trip was so endearing because I got to visit places I frequented as a kid, eat food that brought back my childhood memories, and look through piles of albums that mom neatly created and organized throughout the years.
還記得 這個blog是在去年八月開始的呢 🙂
“In Seattle, people live for the summer.”
但是夏天有好多活動 感覺很幾個週末都有try something new. 🙂
其實也不用真的做什麼 只要有太陽 出去走走心情都好好 ^^
兩個禮拜前比較特別 去了Seattle Art Museum, 但是大部分的時候 我更喜歡往外面跑～^^
哎 真的是住在西雅圖之後才那麼珍惜沒有下雨跟有太陽的天氣！ 😛
Anyways, 這篇主要是recap一些我今年夏天的favorite experiences 🙂
1. Food Festivals: Bite of Seattle, Seattle Street Food Festival
第三天一早我們就前往新國會大廈, 建築設計挺特別的, 外表看來是一頂透明圓頂, 內部卻長這樣:
書上說他好似龍卷風呢! 我們去之前還得先在網路上”預定” 雖然免費但不是當場要進去就可以進去的喔 因為每個時段都有固定人數 進去之後我們一圈一圈繞上去 有語音導覽 介紹附近的建築歷史以及新國會大廈的設計和各種環保措施 下圖則是柏林地標布蘭登堡門/Brandenburger Tor前的廣場
當天我們還去了Konditorei & Cafe G. Buchwald, 創立於1852年的老店, 以”年輪蛋糕” (baumkuchen) 聞名, 很好吃! 我喜歡甜點 但太甜的沒辦法接受 不過這個年輪蛋糕完全不會太甜膩 所以我大力推薦! 😀 外面是巧克力 裡面就是蛋糕啦~起初店員送過來的時候我還以為她給錯了呢! 之前不知道外面會有巧克力哈哈
說真的, 原本我對柏林沒什麼興趣,想說它離慕尼黑沒有很近, 不如去法國或義大利玩! 在去柏林之前, 對它的印象只有”柏林圍牆“和”德國的首都“, 不過去了之後, 真的沒有後悔喔~可惜的是, 爸爸要上班, 五六月來美國參加我們兩個的畢業典禮就讓他把假幾乎都用完了! 所以希望你有機會來德國的時候, 可以和爸爸一起去遊柏林~ 😉
上方的圖是柏林熊, 熊是柏林的市徽, 在柏林市區的許多角落你都會看到各式裝扮的柏林熊在向你打招呼! 柏林這個地名, 就是從德文中的小熊(Barlein)衍生而來的喔! 你不覺得他的姿勢很像要索取抱抱嗎? 超可愛的~ 😀 這次在柏林就看到好多, 還看到母的耶! 不過她長得有點怪怪的, 沒有其它的可愛 😛 (下圖)
Look! Isn’t this super cool? We went to Bregenz Festival last week, where they performed the Magic Flute opera on this floating stage, it was huge! And definitely very unique and creative 🙂 Dad had a day off from work because of “Assumption Day“, don’t ask me because I have no idea what the story is behind this holiday…
Since Munich is really close to the border, it only took us about 2 hours to drive to Bodensee. We spent a really chill afternoon there, walking around the old town, having some ice cream, eating dinner by the lake…etc, then headed to Bregenz Festival–our highlight of the day! 😀 We knew about this event because Dad’s colleague told him about it. Sometimes we really have to ask the locals where the fun is, not just those typical touristy spots 😉
What comes in your mind when you hear “London” or “England“? Tea? The Big Ben? And maybe their sexy accent? Well, for me, it’s all of the above and Harry Potter!
When Mom mentioned that we were going to London, I was super pumped and I started asking around and researching online to see where I had to visit other than the obvious landmarks. After browsing through some other people’s travel blogs online (btw, I think reading other travelers’ blogs is a great way to start any trip planning-super helpful!), I randomly googled “Harry Potter London”, then I came across this article about the Harry Potter Studio Tour! It talks about how you get to see Diagon Alley in real life and to learn about the special effects shown in the movie series. And I was like, how can I miss the chance to go behind-the-scenes!? And I have to say, it didn’t disappoint me at all. I enjoyed every single minute there!!!
Yay! Off to Hogwarts! 😀 Haha jk, this was at King’s Cross Station in London.
For those of you who might be interested in going, make sure to book the tickets online in advance, because they don’t sell the tickets at the studio (Buy here–>http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/) I booked the tickets about a week before I left to London, and there was only one time slot left before mid-August!
While you are busy at work and slacking on blogs, I finally made it to LONDON! 😀 I’m so glad to finally get a chance to visit your favorite city…Of course, I’m sure it was really special for Dad and Mom, since they went there 20 years ago ❤ (Without us…Remember we asked them to bring back a music box from England and that never happened? :P) Hehe look at my super touristy photo by the telephone booth!
We were in London for 5 days, and I think that’s just about perfect. I have to be honest, London didn’t top Paris and Aix-en-Provence in my opinion, but it’s definitely a big and modern city full of history. I guess I loved Paris so much because though it is “city of lights” and has so much to offer during day and night, it’s also surrounded by arts…very classical and romantic, more slow-paced than other big cities that I’ve been to 🙂 I’m not that saying London is not, but I can totally see why you loved London so much! It’s a perfect spot for a city girl right? 😛 Hehe. Nonetheless, I was still really excited when I saw the Big Ben…And before I start rambling on, I just wanna say that…regardless of whether London will be on the top of my list to revisit in the future, this place did fulfill my three little dreams: A Bar at the Folies-Bergere by Manet, Harry Potter Studio Tour, and Les Miserables… ❤ I feel so blessed!!! Thank you, London!!!
我和馬麻第二天終於去到了新天鵝堡! 去之前 有朋友跟我說覺得新天鵝堡”overrated” 姑姑也說去的時候人好多 我想到要去那種超多遊客的人 其實還是有點頭疼呢! 不過去了之後真的沒有失望 新天鵝堡真的好美 像灰姑娘的城堡一樣 沒有看過比它更浪漫更純潔的城堡了 🙂 在瑪麗安橋上看到的新天鵝堡好近 而且由於城堡旁邊都是樹叢和河流 就那麼一座城堡在小丘(小山?)上 更有那種仙境般的感覺 😛 我和媽媽照超多相片的 希望可以留下至少一張經典照囉~ 每個女孩心中可不都是有一座像這樣的白城堡呢? 相信每個去過新天鵝堡的女生 都是在心中再度加深對未來的憧憬 :’)