It has been 6 months since I strapped on my backpack and traveled. I have been living in Taiwan and just doing day trips. The month before my departure date I was planning and organizing information as best I could. I went over my budget, cut things and added things.
One thing I needed was a pair of pants for hiking. I mailed my original pair I brought with me back home, and they were too big anyways. I bought a pair of hiking pants online and had them mailed to me. The problem was they were too long and a size too big. Too big for a belt. My co-worker knew of a really good tailor so I thought I would bring them to her. Naturally, I wanted until the last minute. My flight was Wednesday morning. I dropped the pants off Monday afternoon. Through translation of my co-worker, they would be ready by lunch tomorrow. Great! I didn’t have class until 2:30pm so I would stop by before class.
At 2:15 I head out, her husband was home. I got the impression through motions she was sleeping and to come back at 6pm. Six rolls around and she is still not there. I am really getting worried. I leave in 12 hours. I need those pants! What if she could not finish them? Her home was about a 10 min walk from my place. I wanted to get some travel size toothpaste also. I figured I would do that and then try again.
I stop by the local grocery store, no travel size anything! There is one more store that I try. Still nothing! I figure I can buy some when I get to Malaysia. Alright, it’s now 7pm, and I figure the tailor must be there. I was in luck! She was! I was so excited. Now, I was worried that they would not fit. She did not have me try them on or anything. She just measured my waist and said ok.
I headed home with my ‘new’ pants. Took the pants out of the bag, now was the moment of truth… I had no idea what I would do if they didn’t fit. They looked really small. I slip one leg on, and then the other, and they slid on with no problem. They fit like a glove! She is awesome!
I flag a taxi and tell the drive I would like to go to the Taoyuan Airport. He says ok. I have been living in Taiwan for 6 months, I kinda know my way around. The way we were going was not looking right. We were headed into Taoyuan, and the airport is the other way. I ask him if we are going to the airport. He pulls over and calls someone. Through translation, we figure it out and he turns around. I arrive at the airport wondering if this is how my trip starts what is in store for me?
I wanted to get a sim card at the airport. I heard not to get a certain kind that was at the airport because you could not reload it. I get to the airport and look around. There is only one stand for sim cards. This must be the one not to get… Should I take my chances or try to find one in town?
I decide to find one in town. I check into my hostel and ask where I can get a sim card. The ladies look kind of lost like they have never heard this question before. After some thought and discussion in malay, they pointed me to a place that was just behind the building. ok. No problem. I start to head to the back of the building and find a bunch of shops. I look for one that might look like it has sim cards. I am getting to the end of the row of stores. I stop to ask some guys who were calling to me. They point further down the road. ok… I keep going. Finally I come to a little kiosk that has phones. There are two ladies behind the counter, and they are both sleeping. *sigh*
I knock on the glass counter and one wakes up. She sees me and nudges the other one. I ask for a sim card and she gives me two options. I ask which one can I refill. Both. And one option was the one at the airport! Grrr. I get my sim card and in a hour I am able to make phone calls. I am a happy camper. Now, to find something to eat…If you enjoyed this post please consider sharing it! Thank you