stay with my host family by Molly
the 15th of July, Tameeka, Ms. Kercher, Seirian, Bethany,
Zoe and I went to Alichih School, where we watched
a picture slideshow showing us some parts of the school.
After that the Taiwanese students and teachers helped
us to paint paper fans with watercolour paints and
ink. Next we went on a tour of the huge building and
I was very surprised that they went to school from
7.30 in the morning to 8.00 at night and the students
slept at their desks during 'Nap Time'!
travelled by bus to our next host school, Affiliated
Senior High School of Kaohsiung Normal University.
There we watched a very interesting slide show about
the school. One of the teachers gave all of us a yummy
and very different egg pudding that was served in
a real eggshell. This school also had unicycles! Most
of us had a go, even Ms. Kercher!
it was time for us to be split up and go to our host
family's house. I was starting to get a bit nervous
but then I found out that Beth and I were going to
share the same host family, which made me feel a lot
first night staying with our host family, Tina, the
girl we were staying with, took us to a huge shopping
centre, where we met up with her friend Amy. Tina
didn't speak much English but Amy spoke it very well,
making it really easy to communicate with them. We
went shopping for ages at a night market and loads
of different shops before we finally caught the train
back to where Tina's Mum picked us up. When we got
to the house, Tina's Mum led us inside. Taking off
my shoes, I slipped my feet into some funny looking
sandals, which Tina's Mum had offered to us.
and I walked behind Tina and Amy as they showed us
to the room we were going to sleep in. We were sleeping
on the fourth floor of the house and I worked out
that there was five story's in the house. "Wow,
the houses here are really narrow and tall" I
thought. It was all very different to Australia. After
playing the iPad I had borrowed from the school, I
drifted off to sleep.
woke up at what I c an estimate was around 8.00. Amy
had gone to school, (ON A SATURDAY) Tina was still
in bed and Beth was too. I waited for about half an
hour before Beth woke up, then we lay in the dark
for another half hour before Tina finally woke up.
We followed her downstairs, and she gave me a grape
juice drink which tasted like the grape lollies that
we can buy in Australia.
until 12.00 until Amy got back from school, Tina helped
us to find some English speaking TV shows for us to
watch. Finally, Amy got back and we all jumped into
the car to go to the subway. Once we got there we
caught the train to a haunted house. We paid $200
Taiwanese dollars to get in. That is equivalent to
about $6.50 Australian. We waited in a long, long,
line until we finally entered the haunted house. It
was really dark and we were all holding onto each
other, taking small steps. Walking, walking, until
BANG this thing jumped out at us, making a loud noise,
I nearly jumped out of my skin and we all screamed,
except for Beth. We went through the rest of the house
like this, screaming at every little noise, hands
coming out of the walls, and getting sprayed by water.
None of us wanted to go first and we were all hiding
behind each other, except for Beth, who once again,
wasn't scared a bit.
out of the exit, we had a look around. There were
little rooms that we could go in to put our hand out
of walls and grab people. It was so fun! Walking back
to the subway, I saw a confused looking Australian
lady. She saw me and it was funny to see her face
light up. "Hello" She said happily. "Hi"
I replied. After we had passed her Amy asked me, "Do
you know her?" "No" I said "So
why is she so friendly to you?" Asked a very
surprised Amy. "I think it's because I'm Aussie"
I replied proudly.
next day we had Macca's for lunch. After that it was
shop, shop, shop 'till you drop and the time just
flew by. When Bethany and I were on the computers,
Tina came to us and presented us with a beautiful
Jade necklace each. We exchanged gifts and it was
time to back our bags and go meet up with the rest
of the group. In the car, Tina said to me, "Can
you keep kangaroo as pet in your house?" "No
way" I replied, laughing. "What about....
uh... koala?" She asked. "Nope" I said,
laughing again. "But they are small" She
insisted. "Yes, they are, but they live in the
trees, nobody has a koala as a pet, they are wild
animals." I explained to her. "Oh"
she said and her face fell. Arriving at the hotel,
I ran and hugged Seirian and Zoe. I thanked Tina's
Mum for everything and Beth and I hugged Amy and Tina,
saying our goodbyes. I still keep in touch with Amy
on face book and I really enjoyed my stay in Taiwan.