When the weather looks like this for more than 24 hours straight…
You should start to get creative.
- Write a blog post or create a blog. Write about how the weather more often than not sucks in Taiwan.
- Watch Taiwanese talk shows on TV. There is one on nearly every channel any time of day. Compare. Yep…they’re all the same.
- Watch the Disney Channel in Chinese for as long as you can until you get annoyed by their high-pitched squeaky voices. Then turn to channel 63 and watch some bad old movies from mainland China, but at least the subtitles are in both Chinese and English.
- Go to the local wet market and have a truly wet experience. Buy six mangoes for $100NT to brighten up your morning.
- Buy the strangest thing you can find at the wet market. Bring it home and try to cook something with it.
- Do your laundry.
- Research career opportunities and figure out your life after you graduate/stop teaching English.
- Enjoy a few cookies and chocolates sent from home. Then when you remember you will be wearing a skimpy bathing suit in a week in a place with much better weather, do a bunch of ab workouts.
- Review your Chinese textbook and commit a new useful sentence to memory.
- Write postcards to your friends and family back home.
- Send e-mails to old professors and employers you haven’t but should’ve kept in touch with all year.
- Complete a few tutorials online about web page design or other computer skills. Lynda.com is a great resource.
- Read a book.
- Ride the MRT to the end of each line. Strike up a conversation with a local. Don’t let them try to speak English.
- Go to that coffeeshop or restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, but have never gotten around to. Enjoy a meal/coffee *very* slowly.
- Do something liberating like running around outside naked and say you’re trying to save money and are taking a shower. Expect a lot of photographs. Better yet…maybe do that somewhere where no Taiwanese person can see you unless you want to be the next dinner conversation for some random Taiwanese family.
- Spring cleaning time! Throw out all those old school materials, ticket stubs, and 7-11 receipts you don’t need anymore.
- Create your own aboriginal Taiwanese rain dance.
- Go shopping in Taipei’s underground malls. Make sure to get completely lost at least once.
- Enjoy some wine and cheese (purchased from a foreign market) with a few good friends.
More ideas always welcome! Hit up the comments! 🙂