CAB Taiwan 2016: the day b4 lift off

In about 10 hours I’ll be heading out to the PGH Airport where in an additional 2 hours I will board a plane and begin my adventure to Taiwan. I’m super excited and grateful for this opportunity not only to visit and experience another country and their culture but to do so with some really good friends of mine. This opportunity is brought to you (me) by Chatham University: study abroad program, special maymester edition. My group and I will be spending about 2 weeks in Taiwan!


April 28  4:15 AM: depart from Chatham chapel (shuttle bus to Pittsburgh International Airport); 5:15 AM: check in; 7 AM depart Pittsburgh airport (UA606 to San Francisco, UA871 to Taipei)

April 29 6:30 PM: arrive Taipei airport; ground transportation to Taipei Discover Hostel 台北發現青年旅舍!copy-of-/c1694 Address: 5F., No.21, Sec. 2, Mincyuan E. Rd., Jhongshan Dist., Taipei City 10470 Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2598 0209

April 30, May 1, 2: activities in Taipei and northern Taiwan

May 3: morning in Taipei, afternoon travel to Taichung; some will stay at Tunghai Land Youth House 東海藍學宿 (, others at T-Life Hostel T-Life Hostel / 踢‧生活背包客棧 (

Tunghai Youth Land: No. 17, Lane 25, Xinxing Rd, Longjing District, Taichung City, 434 Phone: +886 972225217

T-LIfe: No. 10, Lane 27, Xinxing Rd, Longjing District, Taichung City, 434 Phone: +886 989610980 Facebook:

May 4-10: activities at Tunghai, in Taichung, and in central Taiwan, including project report symposium with Tunghai University students

May 11 4 AM:  depart hostel; 8:45 AM depart Taipei airport (UA8744 to Tokyo, UA882 to Chicago, UA285 to Pittsburgh, arriving 11:44 PM)

While there we will be traveling along the northern/western part of Taiwan from T’aipei to T’aichung.


Trying to travel light! I basically have 2 sets of everything with some extra under garments. 2 shorts, 2 pants, 2 tanks, 2 synthetic quick drying t’s + 1 Chatham shirt, 3 short-sleeved + 1 long-sleeved button ups, 2 sneakers + flip flops (I’ll be wearing the other pair obvi), 1 light-wt jacket, towel + wash cloth, and swim wear! Everything is basically fairly light weight material or quick drying since it’ll be super hot there and rainy. Also easier to wash.

Weather Forecast:

Essentials for my carry on! I will be using my Chatham book-bag = more room for snacks later! Reading material, electronics + chargers, writing utensils, inflatable pillow, my rain jacket, things to hold water (bottle + camelbak, which doubles as day pack), listening items and earplugs for night nights, sunglasses (will figure out how to effectively use ’em when there).

Everything fits = small and light! Probs can bring everything on board with me 😀

Since this trip is for college credit we will each be completing a project while there and also we will be assigned a day to blog about and you can follow that at: which will be in more real time than I will be able to blog here (I’ll prob just do that when I get back).

I think that’s it for now …

See you on the other side!


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