Expect the Unexpected / 發現新感動
Carol Toop, from England, noticed the heat, right after she got off the plane. Carol came to Kaohsiung to teach English in August 2001.
Carol was amazed to see so many motorcycles at first. Soon, she became one of those motorcyclists, and she started to explore the city by the bike. Carol often carries her useful guide book- Lonely Planet to give her the directions, as she ridden her bike even to Maolin, which is about 4 hours away by bike. By the time she reached home again, owls were the only ones not sleeping. Despite all this, she said she had a great time.
Carol seems to have an overall understanding of Taiwan because of her useful travel guide book- Lonely Plant. Carol said that Lonely Planet has complete information about the whole island and always gives her great suggestions. Occasionally, she gets lost during her travels. Fortunately, many people never hesitate to give a hand whenever she needs help. Carol is deeply touched by these people. Carol said that she has no trouble in communicating with others despite not being able to speak Chinese; a mixture of a little English and lots of body language, goes a long way.
Lotus Lake is one of Carol's favorite places in Kaohsiung. She especially likes the atmosphere of calmness and peacefulness within the Confucius temple. Besides that, she also likes Cijin and Buddha Mountain. She certainly would not miss the special market that was held during the Chinese New Year in the Culture Center, and she got a cool golden dragon that's made of fabric as a souvenir, which has made an eye- catching item, displayed in her living room. She also visited Kaohsiung Lantern Festival this year. This is the third time that she has gone to the festival. Carol likes the lanterns that are always displayed in the student work area the most, and has taken photos of them.
Carol has practiced Taiji for two years. She thinks that she is far from being a master, yet she has established the close friendship between the other members. They are practically like her family in Taiwan. They celebrated last Christmas together in Carol's place. In addition, when the daughter of a Taiji classmate passes by her apartment, she stops to see how she is doing. Carol is happy where she is at the moment despite missing her family. However, living in Kaohsiung enriches her life. This year, she has more flexible teaching hours so that she will start to take Chinese lessons next week. She thinks, since she is in Taiwan, she should communicate with others in Chinese instead of English. Also, speaking Chinese will make her feel like being part of the society around her.