By Travis Misner
NCAA Guest Blogger
Today was another great day outside, low 70’s with not a cloud in the sky. We had the opportunity after our group breakout workshops to visit the National Palace Museum which holds the largest collection of precious items that date back to the 12th century.
The tour guide told us that the museum puts something like 3,000 pieces on display at any one time, but they have over 600,000 pieces in total. She went on to say that if you wanted to see every piece the museum has, you’d have to come back every 3 months for the next 20 years.
It was really interesting to think about how old these intricate treasures really are, and it made me realize how young the United States is. It really began to set in today how different cultures are across the globe.
The view from my room
I was discussing with my roommate, Rob, who is from the Cook Islands in between New Zealand and Australia, how to play baseball. He told me that he saw his first ever game on TV the other day and was confused by it compared to cricket.
This was shocking to me because baseball is just second nature for me and it is such a big part of our sporting society in America. I think the best part of the conversation was the fact that he was playing his ukulele the whole time.
Thus far the trip has been everything I’ve imagined and then some, I could not have been completely prepared for the differences I’ve seen. Tomorrow we get to visit one of the largest buildings in the world, Taipei 101, hopefully the weather stays the same.