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.
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!
Dear sis ❤
How’s your internship going? I hope you are still learning a lot! So Mom and I went to Passau a few days ago, it was super adorable! It’s a town in Lower Bavaria, and it’s also known as “City of Three Rivers“, because it is where Danube (多瑙河) is joined by Inn (因河) and Ilz (伊爾茲河). 🙂 Well in this picture you can only see Danube and Inn…see how they have different colors?
Passau is a little less than 2 hours away from Munich, and really close to the border of Czech Republic and Austria. And guess what!? There’s no speed limit on the highway for the most part! My record was 180 km/hr, which is equivalent to 110 mph…pretty crazy right!? 😉 But honestly I still need more practice in driving…parallel parking took me forever when we were at Passau… 😦 Here is a picture of me before we headed to Passau! All confident and fearless haha
So, I know how busy our life is. And because of that, we don’t really have time to write as many insightful articles as we’d like to. But, one of the things I’d like to write more about is “traveling”, since it really is one of my biggest passions.
Obviously, haven’t done much traveling this month (or more like none), which reminds me how much I miss my time in Spain. So I decided to start reflecting my traveling experiences (based on the diaries I’ve written during the time) from around a year ago while I was studying abroad in Cadiz, Spain, to start having a collection of my traveling blog articles here. Here’s what I wrote about my traveling experience in Sevilla, and what I learned from traveling in general:
I guess this blog post will be in Chinese because my dad says so, hahaha. I was skyping my dad a few days ago and he suggested that I should write Chinese once in a while so I don’t lose my proficiency in writing Chinese….so why not? Plus I just don’t speak Chinese here at alllll and sometimes I kinda miss it? Who would have known 🙂 (p.s. but if anyone actually feels super interested and curious about what i’d be writing about Sevilla [lolll] then I’d of course be willing to translate the whole thing for you ;)) Continue reading