I love getting my hair washed here! Going to the salon is quite different here than in America. First they sit you down and massage your neck, upper back, and shoulders. That alone makes getting a haircut enjoyable. But then, they not only wash your hair, but massage your scalp for about 10mins. It’s fantastic…literally, gave me goosebumps. Then they cut your hair, style it, and you’re all set. And the best part? It cost me 300 NT. That’s under $10. Incredible.
So I decided since I had just been sitting around all day on a Saturday that I needed to get out and do something. I hadn’t had my hair trimmed since I first got here in August and remembered LOVING the experience as explained above, so decided I could go to the salon and then hit up the grocery store on the way home. About 4 blocks into my journey though my scooter was driving kinda funny, like it was on ice or something and the steering kept sliding to the side. I stopped to check things out even though I had no clue what i was looking for and everything seemed okay so I thought I’d just try it again to see what happens. Well, that time it was worse, the bike wouldn’t budge even when I gunned it. I got off again, and then I saw the busted tire. I had to call my director Doris, have her call the shop where I bought the scooter, and they came to pick up me and the scooter. It took like 10 minutes at the most for them to give me a new tire. While they were changing it I was thinking to myself, “good thing I just decided against the Hong Kong trip in two weeks because this is probably going to cost me some money.” Well when he was finished I asked how much (in Chinese) and he answered (also in Chinese of course). It still takes me several seconds to translate and process the numbers in my head and when I got it I thought “hmm, 500, that’s not too bad I guess.” I handed a $500 bill and waited to see if he was going to hand me a receipt, but he handed me change instead. I said thank you and walked away (of course pretending like I wasn’t confused haha). I realized he had given me 450 back. It only cost me 50NT to be picked up and taken to the shop and a new tire put on. That’s like a buck fifty!! Holy cow!
SO, that turned out to be just a small hiccup in my evening, and after, I got to enjoy my scalp massage and get some groceries. I decided to write a blog about it even though it’s not that big of a deal because I’ve been horrible about blog updates lately. I think in the beginning everything was so exciting and new and there was so much to write about and now everything has become fairly normal and routine so I feel like I don’t have anything interesting to share.