Razat Kharga, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering.
It was in my first semester in one of the Chinese-chatting sessions in YZU that I was introduced to the concept of 環島Huándǎo. Ever since that day I have wanted to pursue this experience for myself and travel around Taiwan on my motorcycle. Thanks to the constant support and motivation from someone special whom I met in that session. I finally completed my long-awaited round about the Island during last winter vacation, which was an adventure worth cherishing. Twelve days of constant travelling to different parts of Taiwan has shown me the uniqueness and warmth of this country. Whether it was eating a simple rice and pork meal at a small restaurant at 1320m or seafood right next to the beach or the free lunch at one of the monasteries, each Taiwanese cuisine has its own flavours to savour. And not to forget the people of Taiwan, friends made along the way, to random stranger helping me out when my motorcycle broke down, the friendliness and the helpfulness of Taiwanese will forever enrich my 環島Huándǎo experience. Indeed, it truly lives up to its name “Formosa”, what the Dutch used to call “the beautiful island”.