Holiday Festivities

I was surprised—maybe a bit impressed—by how festive Taitung got during the October through December holiday season. I did Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas activities with my kids, which was pretty tiring given how close the holidays all are! Similar to the states, immediately after Halloween, everything in the stationery stores turned red, green, and gold …

Life in Taitung

In all honesty, it’s been difficult adapting to small town life after living in bustling Boston the past year. It’s really forced me to think about what I like and prioritize in my life, which has been helpful from a personal development perspective. There is a comfort in the familiarity of the same 5 streets …

Chinese Progress

I’m understanding much more Chinese than I did at the beginning of August. Before coming to Taiwan, I was afraid that I hadn’t spoken Chinese in so long, it would never come back. But it really has. Remarkably, my Chinese has improved a lot, especially my listening comprehension. Sometimes the teachers will be discussing something …

Hibernation Over!

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’ll keep my apologies short so I can get to the good stuff. The past few months really flew by. October was strangely, excruciatingly long, but November went by fast, and December even quicker than that. The weather, warm for so long (up until mid-November), has definitely …

October Break(s)

September somehow stealthily snuck by, and now we're almost done with October already. It feels very fast due to the fact that we've had a strange schedule of work days and holidays the past few weeks to accommodate the Mid-Autumn Festival and Taiwan's National 10/10 Day--which has given us copious amounts of time to travel …