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So I eventually got here on June 24th after a couple of days in London, staying with Jerome and Anthony and Tracy Loftis, and also after a couple of days hanging about in Hong Kong.
I'd arranged through E-mail to stay a couple of days at Coral's place in Taipei. Now although we'd met on my brief visit here last year and Coral's seen my photo on the website we were still unsure about recognising each other especially as I'd met Prune, a Chinese language student from Paris on the flight and Coral was looking out for someone on his own looking a bit lost.
When I arrived at Coral's place I met Ginger, Coral's landlady (sporting the green jacket in the picture below). Ginger tweaked (twisted) my arm to take a class for businessmen for the Japanese Toyota company, two morning's a week. I was a little unwilling to make any commitments at first because I wasn't sure that I'd be staying in Taipei. But after my trip to Taichung I accepted her offer and until Christmas I worked with a nice group of people on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Before leaving the UK I'd put up an announcement on Dave's ESL cafe about my impending arrival in Taiwan and received over twenty replies from different schools requiring my services. So the first step was to check out some of these schools. So on my first Friday in Taiwan I took a trip down to Taichung which is in the middle of taiwan close to the west coast. I saw a few schools there which really impressed me such as those run by Mike Weatherly and Rogan Maloney. Unfortunately Taipei won me over as I already had quite a few friends here who I'd like to stay in touch with such as Coral and Gibble.
After coming back to Taipei I moved into the Happy FamilyII
Hostel which is where I met Coral and Gibble last year. It's a nice place
with a really good atmosphere as many of the inmates... sorry, Guests
are in pretty much the same situation. They've just recently arrived or
are just passing through. I spent a week in the dormitory on the second
floor and met a whole load of really nice people (I hope to get some photo's
soon.) It's actually a good place to be as you can learn about Taipei and
the way things work very quicly from the expats who are there and are already
in the know.
About a week after arriving in Taipei I decided on which
Chinese school I'd study at so now I studied Chinese at CLD for ten hours
a week for four months until December. It's a little expensive but it was
worth it to get a lot more practised. Even quite early into studying I
could see the difference in my spoken Chinese. Below you can see a photo
of some of the students and teachers from CLD on a trip to one of the mountains
that surrounds Taipei. Our teacher's name is Yi Jing and she's standing
second from the far right. Most of the student's are from other classes
and other levels.