Ok - I still have very little clue how this whole thing happened. But I'm here & I'm alive so that's something.
I've spent what seems like an eternity in airports and on planes. I landed in Taipei at around 5am local time (no clue what time it was for me) I had a 4 hour layover, no local currency, no brain power to handle the situation. They made me throw out my water bottle at security (you know that bottled water - serious cause for threat level orange!) so I actually drank some tap water, then had a hypochondriacal panic attack thinking I was going to be puking on the plane. Anyway - I didn't puke, but I had about 4 hours alone with my thoughts. The main thought being "You know, this might have been a bit too dramatic of a statement to make about how much I disliked my last job. I probably coulda just gone on a cruise." But I'm here now... and hoping a good night sleep will improve my opinion of everything. If not, you might be seeing me back in Portland sooner than anticipated!
My guest house room is big and clean and bare...bed, wardrobe, desk - that's it. The bathroom is probably twice the size of J.'s in San Francisco, but it doesn't really have a shower - just like a shower nozzel between the toilet & the sink - and there's a drain in the middle of the floor. That's the kind of thing that sounds all charming and adventurous... but it's really just weird. But I took a shower, and I'm glad I packed my own towel. There was one on the rack and it seemed clean... but there's just something reassuring about *knowing* when your towel was last cleaned.
I've walked around the block, found a market with fruits, veggies and a wide assortment of things I couldn't begin to describe. I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting here... but it's really ... um... different. Someone was putting up a building - it wasn't like a construction crew, just some guy... it was a complete mix of bamboo tied with rope & concrete. Like, I think this is going to be a real building, like a store or something. Bizarre!
Speaking of stores - there are all these mom & pop shops, mostly specialized - just stationary, just food, just whatever... you don't even know how bad I want to see a Fred Meyer around the next corner. I didn't bring any sunscreen (clearly would have been a threat level burgundy or something) tooth paste, shampoo or anything like that. I've found Head & Shoulders and Colgate, but if I don't find some SPF soon, I'm going to be in trouble.
It's all cloudy & muggy & everything's a bit dirty. All I want to do is go back to my room shower again and go to bed... and that's exactly what I'm going to do! Here's hoping tomorrow is brighter both in weather & experience.