My first day researching in the National Taiwan University Library! I headed out early and caught the Gongguan area in the midst of waking up. I absolutely love those morning hours when everything is suffused with a kind of ecstatic bustling energy!
Xinsheng South Road is sleepy in the morning...
...but people are definitely out and about! Check out how many bikes are already stored on the racks!
I made a pit-stop at the local 85 Degrees which was quite tasty and broke my fast on a bench near the NTU library.
Breakfast of champions! Taiwan's 85 degrees has pastries stuffed with more cheese, more filling...The coffee tastes about the same though ;)
A not-so-great shot of the NTU Library.
A little about being a visitor at the library: They seem to be pretty stringent about who can enter. As long as you are a student you can enter–provided you have some kind of valid school identification. However, they also seemed to need a passport for non-Taiwan citizens. As much as I hate walking around with official documents tucked in my purse…I guess anything to make school administration happy!
The Big Apple in Nanjing!
You can take the girl away from the Big Apple, but you can’t take the Big Apple away from the girl! I missed out on the ball drop in New York, but New Year’s Eve was spent with many lovely friends at HNC. I celebrated the first day of 2010 with some friends at 85 Degrees where we took in a not-so-sleepy Nanjing with some cake and libation.
It’s a new year and looking back it certainly has been quite the trip! What’s ahead? Winter break, a new semester… how about we try for daily updates?!