Go Go Go! (Karting)

August 30, 2014

 

As you can tell I am a little behind on blogging, but I hope to catch up quickly and share all of the things that I have been up to lately.

I finished my first week of teaching my regular schedule. When I say I work 24 hours a week I feel like people think I have it easy (well I think I do, but teaching can be tiring). The 24 hours is just classroom time when I am actually teaching. It does not count all the preparation work and grading. Since I am new to teaching this is all a learning process, but each day gets a little better and I start grading homework a little faster.

Now to my weekend!

This was the first weekend I did not plan a trip to somewhere. There were a couple reasons for that. I was running low on money since I had not been working for two months, and payday was another week away. I was also planning on buying some kitchen supplies off another foreigner that was leaving Fengyuan, so I had to stay home.

Some of my co-workers invited me to spend a day in Taichung go-karting. I have a scooter now so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to practice driving with a second person on my scooter.

We met at the train station and were off. The drive to Rosso (I believe that is the go-karting name) was only 40 minutes. Upon arriving to the go-karting range I noticed a huge difference between Taiwanese go-karting and American go-karting. Their track was asphalt with a mixture of sand and dirt. The corners you had to make on the track where very short and there was nothing keeping us from driving off the track, besides maybe a fence. It was less like go-karting and more like, “here pay for a death sentence if you roll your go-kart”.

Go-Kart Track

Go-Kart Track

We paid 270NT (9 USD) for a 12-minute race around the track. When I sat down in my go-kart I was a little alarmed. There was not a seat belt, strap, or even a resemblance of a cage to protect my body. I did get a helmet so at least my head was safe. What a thrill! Alice (one of my co-workers) and I were racing at the same speed so we kept going back and forth passing each other. After we finished our race I knew I had to be done. I had taken the turns so quickly that I had given myself motion sickness and my stomach wasn’t feeling the best (thankfully no puking occurred). We stuck around for awhile and watched the rest of our group race.

Steve (pictured left) and Charlie (right) getting ready to race!

Steve (left) and Charlie (right) getting ready to race!

Around 5:00pm Bennetti (other co-worker) and I decided it was time to head to the Feng Chia Night Market. My friend, Andhi, connected me with one of his friends located in Taichung. Earlier in the week we planned to go to the night market together and he volunteered to show me around. I scootered Bennetti and I to the night market and I was very nervous. I hadn’t scootered with someone else for a long period of time so I needed to make sure to be carefuller than ever before. It only took about 40 minutes to scooter and find parking near the night market.

Feng Chia Night Market is one of the largest night markets in Central Taiwan. It is located right next to Feng Chia University, therefore that is how its’ name was coined. Even though it is located near the university it still has a variety of people of all different ages flocking the streets to eat and shop.

We were going to the night market on a Saturday night which meant it was extra busy due to the weekend. I miraculously found parking. Taiwan has more scooters per capita then parking spaces so sometimes you have to get creative. I barely made it!

Parked! Boom!

Parked! Boom!

We met Johnson and he took us to a restaurant that serves some of the best chicken fried steak in Taichung (these are his words, not mine). The meal was delicious and only cost about 4USD.

New friends, good food  Johnson & me

New friends, good food
Johnson & me

Chicken Fried Steak (comes with noodles and an egg)

Chicken Fried Steak (comes with noodles and an egg)

With full stomachs Johnson toured us around the Feng Chia Night Market. We ate some delicious fruit and sweets along the way. Johnson recently graduated from the University so he took us to the top of a building and showed us the night view of Taichung.

Feng Chia, Taichung

Feng Chia, Taichung

At one point in the night market we noticed a gathering of people around an area that had music blaring. Johnson said it was a famous Taiwanese singer but it wasn’t anyone he could recognize. We also had to take a couple photos along the way with the water fountain.

Bennetti and me

Bennetti and me

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Feng Chia Night Market

Feng Chia Night Market

It was a solid night of food and a nice walk around Feng Chia Night Market. Johnson was also great! He was very helpful and told us what certain foods were and what food we need to try in the future.

Bennetti and I were both pretty tired so at 11:00pm we decided to scooter home. I drove us home safely and it took only about 40 minutes.