March has been kind to me, although it has been a chaotically busy time. School is now in full swing, and, with work in the morning and a vibrant social life, my time these days are productive, exhausting and slightly—very—frantic. Weekdays, I wake up at eight and am usually home at eleven at night, at which point I fall asleep fairly quickly. Saturdays are my unwinding days. I get to wake up a little later, and spend the day like a lump of lame mud splattered across my bed all afternoon. Well, the exception are those Saturdays when I have to catch up on work or study, which—come to think of it—is a bit too often. (Medicine is not for the lazy.) Sundays are much of the same, albeit with the looming Monday ahead. But I love having a rhythm to this new pace of life wildly different from that of, say, California, or even just last year around this time.
A little over a week ago was my birthday. A true Aries, it fell on the first day of the first sign, ruled by Mars, marked by the ram and by a sincere, naïve passion. The celebration is nothing less than that.
Some presents and a very heartfelt, personal card. I consume a lot of books nowadays with this new schedule in the downtime between classes and work, in lectures, and on the metro. Five minutes here, half-hour there, reading is a nice way to pass the time. I love this thoughtful set!
A feast of Mexican food. Good, hearty Mexican cuisine in Taiwan is a rare treat.
Cake from a home-styled pâtisserie. Mr. Bruno lives in his apartment on the fifth floor with his kitchen modified into a bakery. To get to our cake, we found our way inside the building, greeted his wife and cat, and sat in his home for a while.
Last night, I had a chance to visit the National Theater in Taipei to see Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s brilliant works: Café Müller and Le Sacre du Printemps. We had gotten the best seats in the VIP lounge to see this world-class performance. The experience was so intensely, overwhelmingly emotional. The movements, the story, and the jarring display of femininity and power left a stark imprint.
This was perfect!
It really has been too long.
I promise you this though: I am still around, and I will be updating, however sparsely that may be. I have something spicy lined up, but it will have to wait until after the string of midterms in April.