Today was a very beautiful, dreary day. We began by driving up the mountains into the old mining town Jioufen. This town is on a steep cliff overlooking the pacific ocean. While we explored, we were let loose to walk down Old Street on our own. Old Street was this narrow, winding with probably hundreds of shops lining either side. Many of us bought little knickknacks and presents for our loved ones and friends back home. We were also shown the one of the oldest movie theater. It used to be used for productions, but later on was transformed into a film theater. It even still had the original projector! We then ate one of the best local, family style, lunches we’ve had thus far. Despite the rain, it was a great morning for us all.
After leaving Jioufen, we had a three hour bus ride to go see the beautiful cliff side ocean view in Sioulin. This was the most beautiful and scenic place I have ever been. Though it was still a little drizzly, the trees looked super green, the ocean was incredibly blue, and the cliffs looked massively beautiful. The bus rude itself was stunning too. The road is ranked one of the most dangerous roads in the world because it is a straight drop off into the ocean if fallen over the side. It was very curvy and many of us ended the afternoon with headaches, but the view was well worth it.
Soon after, we arrived at our lodging. This place was special because it was owned and run solely by Toroko tribe members. The dinner we had felt closer to home than it had thus far, which was a nice subtle change. The owners of the lodge invited all their guests to watch their show. The show consisted of singing, dancing, instruments, and common knowledge of the tribe. Though we got picked on a bit for not being able to understand what they were saying, it was prevalent how much the employees wanted us to participate and understand what was going on throughout the performance. We learned a lot about their family dynamics, the different scenarios dances would be done, and the type of instruments are played. Over all, this was a relaxed day filled with the most beautiful views I personally have ever seen, along with learning about a new culture.