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 …

Hello, Taitung

These past two weeks have arguably been some of the busiest days of my life. I can't even begin to describe the absolute whirlwind of the journey from Boston to Taitung (which involved 3 plane rides and 2 buses for a total travel time of 30+ hours before we got to bed), maybe because it …