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Today was definitely rough at the beginning. We got up and meet on the bus at 7:00 am. The ride itself was not horrible, it was more than multiple stops we had to make for our bus driver. Now normally this wouldn’t seem like such a bad thing. But the reason and the timing made all of us a little upset. After lunch, we went about an hour and he needed to stop. Then we didn’t even go 30 minutes and he needed to stop again. It was at this point that I realized why we had to stop so much. Our bus driver was a smoker. Every time we would stop he would smoke a cigarette. Or more precisely every time he would need to smoke we had to stop. Once we made Hualien it was a much better time though. We went to the beach for 30 minutes and just sat and skipped some rocks and took some pictures. For example the picture below of Mitch, Elena, and I was taken at the beach as you can probably guess. After the beach we went to where we are staying and let me tell you, it is nice! 10/10 would stay here again. Then we went out to dinner at an aboriginal restaurant that was pretty good. Not necessarily the food, although most of it was good. But the stuff they had in there and let you use and stuff and the hospitality was amazing. Then I had another first on this trip as we went to the Hualien Summer Festival which was a week long of concerts. My first concert! It was a good day overall but I could have done without a 9 hour bus ride.

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So today we left for our 4 day trip. We first headed to Kending Beach and went out in the water. I cut up my feet on the choral pretty bad. We ended up going out on inflatables being pulled by jet skis. the first two were good. and then all of us got on a banana boat and fell off right away. Then when we got everyone on, we lasted a little bit longer but some fell off. I was lucky enough to stay on. We got back on the bus and headed to where we are staying. Below is a picture of all of us minus me of course in our room. This was taken after we got back from the night market that is right outside our inn. We are just about to head out to walk on the beach. Then come back and play dome uno. I can’t wait to go to anther beach tomorrow! I will talk to you soon.

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Today we began our travels from Providence university down to Kenting Beach. On the way there we had a scheduled enterprise visit with Honor Seiki, a company that specializes in Vertical Lathe and Turning Centers. These machines are sold throughout the world to companies who want to create specialized parts and tools. A couple notable companies they supply are Mitubishi and Sterling Engineering. Through Honor’s relationships with these various companies it has developed worldwide respect and business. During our tour we were shown their factory, which had a number of their machines in production. The production time can last up to 6 months. 

We left the factory and headed back on the road towards Kenting. After driving for a few minutes we made another stop for lunch at the Soya Mixed Meat Museum. While there we had wonderful beef noodles, which it turned out had won an award for best noodles in Taiwan (They seated us at kids tables to eat. Some of us had a little leg room problem). We learned that this museum had started years before from just a small roadside stand. Now it is much larger and boasts a number of unique food items. We toured the facility, ate our lunch and headed back onto the road. 

For most of us the ride went by quickly, since we napped most of the rest of the way. We arrived at Kenting in the late afternoon and went straight up to our rooms. We were pleasantly surprised how nice the rooms were! After settling in we left to go explore the town and beach. The waves at the beach were too high for us to swim in, so we relaxed and watched the waves. There is a wonderful night market right off of the beach and we ate a number of tasty foods while there. I personally enjoyed drinking some more bubble milk tea. Can never get enough of that!

Following all of that we came back and played beach volleyball. It was a relaxing way of ending such a busy day of traveling and touring. It’s amazing theopportunities the COBE in Taiwan program has provided us. Through our scheduled classes, random excursions and learning experiences we have learned a lot. That’s all for tonight!

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On this trip we got to experience so many new and interesting things. We visited many different night markets and companies. I enjoyed the night markets because there is so much to do and see. You can get food or a drink and walk around looking at all the different stores. We also, took many different trips to temples around Taiwan. I now know that you are to enter temples on the tiger side and exit on the dragon side. I enjoyed the experience of trying many different foods and beverages. I found out i don’t like bubble milk tea but chocolate tea (Pictured Below) on the other hand is really good. Overall I feel the trip to Taiwan was a good experience that helped me to grow as a person.


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The companies we visited were interesting, some included Jonnesway Enterprise Co. and Kenos Industrial Co. I don’t have a strong desire to work in the manufacturing industry, but talking to the managers really opened my eyes to the world of doing business internationally in my future career. The passion that the workers had for their jobs and the work they performed was something that was very unique to me. I feel like so many Americans I know go through the motions in their jobs everyday but don’t find a great amount of joy in it. But everywhere we went no matter if it was a restaurant or our enterprise visits they take a great pride in what they do. They are constantly asking your opinion of the product and if you’re not satisfied they’re eager to learn what they can do to make it better for you. It’s so personal. They want each and every customer to leave satisfied. They can’t seem to stop talking about their work. Their faces just seem to light up when they talk about the work they do everyday and that’s always something I’ve admired. I have yet to find what I want to do with my life, but I know when I figure it out I want to be that passionate about it. I also learned the lesson of doing your research before meeting with a client. Study their culture and maybe their social media pages to find out their interests. Learn about them before you meet them so you already feel a connection with them. In Asian culture, this relationship takes time to build but when you establish it, they serve as a long time client. It’s interesting to me just how big food culture is in Asia. Everything revolves around food. The events they have, the business deals they make. Joseph Liao, the President of Jonnesway, made this apparent. He said he watches what people order and everything and judges their character just on that. You need to study up on the mannerisms before going over to make sure you don’t do anything to offend a potential client. China is such a big economy that I found by the end of the trip that I want to continue my learning of the language. I think that there are great opportunities that lie in Asia in the business world and I want to be able to communicate to find those. I’m excited to keep learning and hope to visit again soon.

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We had news about a week in advance that there was a huge typhoon coming and just our luck it was supposed to hit Saturday AKA the day we are supposed to leave. We prepared (slightly) by buying some snacks and water but wow I was not prepared for what actually came. The wind was so strong it felt like our windows were going to crack at any time. If that wasn’t enough to rile up the nerves we were awakened at 2 am to the sound of glass crashing to the ground and shattering completely.  The sound of the glass was continuous and little by little all of the glass was out of the window pane. Shortly after that the power flickered on and off for about an hour, then finally went out completely leaving us without air conditioning as well as without a filtered water dispenser. I chose to sleep in the middle room that didn’t have windows just to stay on the safe side. At about 6 am the wind had let down enough for me to feel comfortable laying in my bed. We then woke up again at about 9 am dripping with sweat, WE HAD CONQUERED TYPHOON SOUDELOR!! IMG_9528[1]

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Last night a few of us went and celebrated our last few days here (hopefully). While we were all out we were all talking about our favorite memories and the things we liked. The responses included the food, Taipei, and the main thing we all loved, Greta. She has helped us so much throughout this process. Without her, I don’t think any of us could have survived. While I was listening to some of the responses I was thinking what I really liked about this trip. I came with the conclusion that one of my favorite parts was becoming closer with the people from Ashland. Coming on this trip, most of us barley knew anything about each other (excluding what we learned in class). But having to spend six weeks with each other, we have all grown closer to each other. We have all learned or changed in one form or another. Hopefully, when we get back to AU, we will continue to talk about our experiences and laugh at all of the silly moments we have had. I know I will urge other students to come on this trip, so they can experience some of the moments our group did. Pictured below is from the start of the trip to the end. (Kara isn’t in the first because she hates Ohio) (Not really she lives in Minnesota) beg End

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