By Adam Tervort
What occurs whilst a typical man from the mid-West reveals himself at the different aspect of the realm? How does one take care of the surprise of spiders, snakes, and scooters doubtless round each flip? Adventures within the Land of making a song rubbish vehicles is a memoir of lifestyles in Taiwan by way of Adam Tervort, mid-Westerner, Chinese-speaker, and arachnophobe extraordinaire. for many of my grownup existence i've been some distance, faraway from domestic, 11,000 km to be particular. existence was once lovely general for me, full of stable books, nice jazz, and all the issues a typical American child would wish. whilst I grew to become 20 the realm grew to become the other way up; I fell throughout the rabbit gap and actually ended up in China. (Well, Taiwan, nearly in China.) this can be my tale of existence and love at the a long way part of the globe, how I discovered to manage, the adventures i've got, and what occurs should you dare to take lifestyles by way of the horns and reside it to its fullest. include me and i'm going to inform you all approximately it!
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I can't remember ever drinking a full glass of soy milk before that morning, and it took all of my fortitude to slug down the one I was given. This is ironic since I make my own soy milk every day now, but my palate was not very broad back then. Breakfasts in Taiwan have no cold foods, even in the blistering summer heat. That first morning I had a steamed bun with egg, an egg pancake, and soy milk. I hated all of it, but of course I couldn't say that, especially with 20 other new missionaries around me who were proclaiming it to be the best breakfast of their entire lives.
It's a good thing-- if I ever see another one I'm out of here. ~~~ Everyone has a defining experience in their life. For some it comes in a moment and changes the rest of their life. Mine started as two years on the wrong side of the world and has continued through most of my adult life. I don't know why I ended up in Taiwan. It wasn't really a choice, just fate. I was supposed to come here, and everything worthwhile in my life has been the result. Spiders, snakes, typhoons, earthquakes, and taxes are serious hazards here, as are happiness, contentment, and fulfillment.
I've only seen the last three kinds in the zoo, which is close enough for me. I met a cobra on a nice, sunny day in early spring. I was living on the east coast of Taiwan (meaning in paradise), and was visiting another missionary who lived in a small city. We were riding up a steep mountain to see some church members who lived at the top, and the missionary began to point out some of the fun things the local farmers did as we rode. We started to see fences on both sides of the road with lots of chickens running free inside the fence.
Adventures in the Land of Singing Garbage Trucks by Adam Tervort