First Day!

Woke up feeling refreshed, and not jet lagged on Sunday morning. Took a walk in the YongShin Park Resort’s beautiful garden. Then I met up with Duke & Hilary and took a walk through the attached park. Which was down a mountain! Be careful how far down you travel, you need to make it back up. We met with Taiwan GSE leader for breakfast. Then we had our first welcome meeting, where we met the District Governor, numerous AGs, and gave our first presentationin

Lunch was at the Resort, were we sat with our GSE counterparts who will be visiting PA. It’s a real treat to get to met them! Most years the teams are exchanged at the same time.

A short car ride through Taichung. Many blocks that we passed have both apartments and fields of rice or trees or other crops. Some lots have hoophouses or high tunnels! I did not expect quite so many urban farms! We made a quick stop at a 7-11 – truly universal! And then we were at Flying Cow Ranch – a beautiful, active dairy that has many educational and agro-tourism activities. We took a tour, helped in translation by Rotarian Sky – an IT Professional. Then we had dinner, banquet sky. There was a lot of Karaoke and dancing!

 

Food report – Sunday March 19th

Breakfast: American style sandwiches. Veggie sandwich on white bread, roast beef on a sesame bun, and tuna on a sesame bun. All had American Cheese (!!!) I learned not to ask for coffee American style – it’s far too watery.

Lunch: buffet style! Items included mushrooms, fried Chicken in a couple styles, beef noodles, greens, two soups, a rice casserole almost like Mac & cheese and more. Dessert was fruit (fresh fruit everywhere!) and a custard. We decided it was most like a flan, not turned out. There was a beverage that I thought was ice tea – it turned out to translate as “vinegar”. Sweeter than most vinegars I know, I think it was most like kombucha, a fermented drink. I am going to try to find out more.

Dinner: banquet style at Flying Cow Ranch. We were joined by many members of our host clubs for the next few days. We were warned to take it easy on the dishes when eating at a banquet. I still ate far too much early on. Notable dishes included an appetizer tray with spicy squid, fish (raw? Not sure, but it was good), beans. There were two different soups – one where we cooked items in the soup, another that was cabbage and pork. Pork loin on the bone, a pork and rice dish, shrimp in a red sauce. One of my favorites was a steamed green leaf (bamboo?) with anchovies. It sounds very simple, but it was oh so good. Desert was fresh fruit and ice cream from Flying Cow Ranch. I had to admire the gentleman at another table who ate his ice cream with chopsticks! #goals

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