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CHSS Winter Trip

UHD students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences traveled to Taipei and Tainan, Taiwan from Dec. 29, 2012 through Jan. 9, 2013. Read about their adventures as they explore night markets, temples, monuments, museums and karaoke bars, writing about it all as they go. Experience their joy as they gather among hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese to welcome in the New Year with fireworks under a full moon in the amazing city of Taipei. Follow them day by day as they travel the country, meeting students from the National University of Tainan, sharing with them and with others the pleasure of cultural exchange.

Dec. 29, 2012

Eduardo Melendres – Off we go to Taiwan!Photo of an airplane
It was a much anticipated morning waking up on Saturday. I didn’t sleep much on purpose so the journey ahead wouldn’t seem so long and strenuous. All I wanted to do was make sure I got on the plane. However, I forgot some crucial forms that needed to be turned into the school. After being reminded of the forms by my professors, I immediately woke up from my doldrums but I am still confused on what to do. My professors decided to wait until we returned from the trip to handle the issue. The time had arrived to board the plane and my travel buddy, Anthony, was going to be sitting next to me the whole way there. We would first land in Detroit and from Detroit sit on a plane for fourteen hours to Japan! I believed that all the morning issues were behind us and no more issues were to come.

Leroy Adams - Different
Many TVs are in operation on the plane, all with something different on the screen. As we do our best to entertain ourselves while we sit in constant anxiety, with impatience to go along, of reaching our destination. Dark Knight Rises, Expendables 2, Rock of Ages are some of the movies on the screens of my classmates. Even my professor watches the modern remake of Snow White. I ask, “Are these selections in any way a reflection of the personalities of the viewers”? Are they somewhat of an extension of some event in their past lives or just random choices?

Has the guy who watches the Batman movie, Dark Knight Rises, ever viewed himself as super hero? Is he a father who sees himself as the sole protector of his helpless children from the evil in the world? I wonder if, when he was just a boy, did he ever make himself a cape and fight bad guys in his backyard. Or how about the young lady who watches the movie musical Rock of Ages, can she sing herself? Has she ever performed before, is it her dream to be a performer, being on Broadway and giving millions of people a show that they will never forget. Has my professor ever dressed up as Snow White when she was but a girl wanting to be a princess? Or does she connect more with the wicked witch who longs for control and desires immortality of youth and beauty? I’ll go with the former-- so many TVs displaying so many different personalities.

Chris Elmore – DELTA, the child, and a change for the better
DELTA: The first thing to write about is how horrible the DELTA Airlines are. I have never had a good experience with DELTA. I have been stuck on a tarmac for five hours, received horrible food, and suffered poor service from DELTA prior to this trip. However, this flight is the worst so far. When boarding, the flight attendants did not help anyone with their luggage. Once on flight the plane was lit up like a Christmas tree the entire time, which made it impossible to get any sleep. Once in Tokyo the flight to Taiwan was delayed for one day. To accommodate us DELTA puts us in a small hotel with rooms the size of a shoe box with hard beds. With this type of service, I felt like I was back in the Army. The reason for writing this piece is to set up a future journal entry about my observations in the airport.

The child: This journal entry will be about the airport observations in Tokyo. There is a three or four year old child screaming and crying the entire time. It was funny to me because this sort of thing would have normally made me mad, but this time, I envied the child and wished I could show my feelings like he was doing. No one seemed upset because they knew he had good reasons to be crying. On the other hand, if I would have started yelling at DELTA employees, I would have been arrested, kicked out of the airport, or even the country. To have been that child at that moment in time would have been a great feeling. I could have let the airline know how their service was from the beginning.

A change for the better: Once arriving in Taiwan this morning the trip has been getting better. The reason for this is because DELTA is not in charge of anything here. Kudos to Dr. Sample for setting us up in a nice hotel in Taiwan. The country is beautiful and the people are very friendly. We have many wonderful things planned to do, and I cannot wait to get started. I had lunch in the hotel yesterday and tried their buffet/hotpot. It was good, and I had to laugh at myself at one point in time. I asked the waitress if a tip was appropriate, and she laughed at me. It is not normal for them; however, she did keep the tip. She seemed amused that I had asked her the question and left the tip. She smiled the entire time after the incident took place.

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