Laundry & Books

August 11, 2014

I have found that the best part about living in a different country is finding the little comforts. Those little things that could possibly make you feel better if you ever were feeling homesick, or just needed a good book. I left the bike at home to pick-up food and realized I was missing out on all these random shops and food places to eat at. It is just too hard trying to not get hit by a scooter and look into shops all at the same time. I found this bookstore/stationary store really close to the train station. After searching around on the three levels I asked if they had an English book section.

They did!

The English Section

The English Section

It may have just been a small section of English novels, but still! It was nice to know that if I wanted to splurge on an English book I would just have to walk down the street in Fengyuan. One of my co-workers also told me that it is really cheap to have pdf files printed and semi-bound. (Copyright laws are much more lenient here than in the United States)

Laundry!

The little differences sometimes make a big difference. Per request I have taken pictures of how I do my laundry here in Taiwan, especially since dryers are few and far between. In the United States if I needed to wash a shirt usually I would just put in a load of laundry and then put that in the dryer. At the most it would probably take 3 hours for me to wear said shirt. I cannot do that here. I don’t know why but I haven’t seen a dryer since I have been in Taiwan.

So here is how I wash my clothes:

1. Put them in the washer (pretty simple haha). Thankfully this washer is simple and also in both English and Mandarin.

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2. Put my clothes on hangers to dry.

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There is what I call a “sun room” on the roof of my apartment building. It is glass encased and there are several racks for people to hang their clothes. I bought around 50 hangers and some clothes clips so that I could hang my clothes in my wardrobe and also have extras to hang clothes to dry on. I also have a balcony with a clothes rod that I can lower if I just wanted to hang some clothes on my balcony.

I haven’t really attempted to figure out drying time. I washed my clothes and they will get about a little over 12 hours to dry. You may ask, why does that matter? Well, it is humid here so clothes take a little longer to dry. Also, the sun sets here at around 7:00pm, but the heat really doesn’t settle so let’s hope that that is on my side and I have a dry shirt to wear to work tomorrow.