Photo Blog: Taiwan

My trip to Taipei, Taiwan has really changed my life for the better and I am excited to share some of my favorite moments and images with everyone!

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From our trip to the Atayal Aboriginal Tribe. The tribe welcomed us wholeheartedly and reminded me a lot of my own Indigenous tribe, the Chickahominy tribe. The picture above is just some of the beautiful scenery I saw while on the way there!
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This is another view of the scenery from our visit with the Atayal Aboriginal tribe. The way the sun was peeking from behind the mountain was breathtaking and deserved a photo! The water was so clear and beautiful, it made me want to dip a toe in! We actually saw a lot of people swimming in the water!
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This picture is also from the Atayal Aboriginal tribe. This shows the perfect balance between humans and nature. There are people getting ready to swim in the water while surrounded by beautiful mountains and trees. This village was the perfect balance between humans and human development and the natural world. This is because this tribe and the people who live around the tribe are very involved in the preservation of nature and trying to keep their culture as in touch with nature as possible.
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I took this picture from the Maokong gondola! The gondola ride was beautiful and the scenery was breathtaking. It was wonderful seeing all of the buildings from the top (especially Taipei101) and the village at the top of the Gondola had amazing tea.
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This picture came from the Gold/Miners museum. The mountains were huge and the air was some of the best air I have ever breathed! The gold brick was worth so much money and it was cool to be able to touch it! There were also a lot of very cute dogs and cats!
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This came from the same day where we were able to release our wishes to the skies for the Gods to grant! My side said “I want to be the greatest version of myself and I want to be the greatest lawyer in the world” all written in Mandarin! This was a once in a lifetime experience and we really enjoyed it!
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This picture is my view from the bus on our visit to the Lai Ji Tsou Aboriginal Village. We could see over the mountain from the bus windows and it was so cool!
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This is my classmate and I making traditional Aiyu jelly! Aiyu jelly is made from massaging the seeds of the Awkeotsang Creeping fig in a cotton sack while in water. I was a very unique experience and we got to eat/drink what we made! The tribe was very welcoming and I was grateful that they shared their culture with us.
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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial hall.
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Also from the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial hall. The entire place was beautiful, especially the pond with these very cool exotic birds. It was so cool seeing this very important piece of Taiwanese history in person.

These are only a few of the amazing things I have witnessed in Taiwan. With a week left, I am very sad to be leaving but I am so glad and grateful that I was able to experience such an amazing culture and society. From the food to the scenery Taiwan is somewhere that I will never forget. I plan on coming back very soon, maybe with my family! My favorite parts were the night markets and the people they are all so nice and welcoming and really helped me with my language skills. Everybody has treated me like family and I am forever grateful. Taiwan 我愛你!

By: Asber Moss

Program: Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan

Term: Summer 2019

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