Stuck on the Beach During a Missile Drill | Hualien, Taiwan

On May 29, I walked to Qixingtan Beach from my hostel. Getting to the beach was an adventure all by itself. It took me an hour and a half to get there. On the walk, I passed by betel nut stands, a college, and an army base. After being at the beach for a brief moment I received an alert about a missile warning drill. The alert is issued to every phone two minutes prior. In Taiwan, this drill is held nationwide (by region) just in case China decides to attack. From 1:30 to 2:00 PM pedestrians and motorists are not allowed to move. Police officers evacuated people from the streets and the beach. Those who refused to comply received a fine between 1,000 to 5,000 USD. While searching for somewhere to go a Taiwanese man rubbed his skin and pointed at me. He approached me and asked me did I speak Spanish. Long story short, his son is married to a Dominican woman. He invited me to stay at his food stand during the drill and gave me sausage. I had a conversation with him using my broken middle school Spanish skills.



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Warning: There are a lot of stray dogs at this beach.

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