Monday, April 20, 2020

Meanwhile, on the Other Side of the World...

We’re stuck in our own little worlds right now, so I thought people might like to know how other folk are doing!  Some of you may remember Nicole, our library patron friend from Taiwan.  After much debate, she decided to return Asia, well before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred.  I asked her how she was doing and if she’d send a few pictures to share.  Here is what she sent (I did a little grammar translating, but this is the gist, lol):

Miao-lie county, San YI Township Northwest of Taiwan.
Here I am in Miao-lie County, San YI Township
Northwest Taiwan.
“When I left the U.S., I was worried about the really bad air quality and traffic back in Taiwan.  So I headed for Japan and tried to find a place to live there.  But that wasn’t as easy to do as I’d thought, and most people there don’t speak English and I don’t speak Japanese!

“So I returned to my hometown in Taiwan.  Only now am I getting used to life here again!  I hate the air quality and all the crazy traffic, but luckily I got a job at a furniture company, interpreting for the company’s administration.”

Nicole sent several lovely photos, hopefully I will manage to get the correct captions to each!

My scooter, for getting around the place I live, City of Taichung middle part of Taiwan
My scooter, for getting around the place I live,
the City of Taichung in central Taiwan
As far as COVID-19 in Taiwan, it sounds a lot like what we have gone through, but a good deal stricter. 

“Initially we had soldiers take part in drills and disinfect outbreak areas.  Many areas have mandatory restrictions; relying on a combination of preparedness, technology, transparency and the cooperation of people, we follow the government’s regulations to deal with the pandemic.  At this time in each public place, when you visit you must have your body temperature checked and have it be under 37.5º C (99.5ºF), and use alcohol to disinfect your hands before being allowed to enter.  Just about a week ago a travel ban started because there were too many travelers from abroad carrying the disease (believe it or not, most were from the U.S. and Europe).  A traveler from abroad arriving in Taiwan must be quarantined for 14 days.  Anyone with suspicious symptoms like fever, coughing, or other respiratory symptoms will be sent to the hospital for a COVID-19 screening.  I strongly suggest washing your hands, social distancing, wearing masks and maintaining personal hygiene—all important to manage the pandemic disease.” 

So Nicole is fine, wants you to be safe, and says hi to all her friends in America!
Lane Master Temple. Chechen is a rural Township in southern Pingtung County, Taiwan.
Lane Master Temple. Chechen is a
rural township in southern
Pingtung County, Taiwan. 

Puli-Township, located in central Taiwan.
Puli-Township, in central Taiwan.

Miao-Li County located in Southern Taiwan. Is a famous wood carving region.
Miao-Li County, located in southern Taiwan.
A famous wood carving region.

Heng-chun South Gate.
Heng-chun South Gate. Located in the southern peninsula,
also the only urban township of Pingtung County.

Sun Moon Lake.
Sun Moon Lake. Located in central Taiwan,
in the foothills of Taiwan's Central Mountain range.
A famous tourist attraction area.

Sunset at the Chechen Township, a rural area in southern Taiwan.
Sunset at the Chechen Township, a rural area in
southern Taiwan.

Long-Teng Bridges in Southern Taiwan, also in the rural Townships.
Long-Teng Bridges in southern Taiwan,
also in the rural townships.
A traditional market, in the city of Tainan, southern Taiwan
A traditional market, in the city of Tainan, southern Taiwan.

“New” Lambai Island, southwest of Taiwan
Lambai Island, southwest of Taiwan

Display at Lukang Museums, Taiwan
"historical relics"
Lukang Museum, west coast of Taiwan

family members in Taichung
Young people (family members!)
in Taichung, Taiwan
Lychee tree with fruit
Lychee tree, has fruit with a shell enclosing a sweet,
jelly-like flesh.  Puli-Township, central Taiwan

Chinese herbs (TCM)

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