Hello Taiwan, We’re Back!

phonto (2).jpgHallelujah we are back in Taiwan!

It’s been a year and a half since we left our lives in Taiwan, and since then we have been to 12 different countries, and our last three months were spent in Hanoi, Vietnam.

We arrived to Taiwan last week, and we already have our apartment, scooter (thanks to our friend Louis Scooter Rentals), bicycle (it’s so nice to be able to cruise through town in the sunshine!), wifi, phones (easiest way to do it is to get a three month SIM card at the airport), and today we make the much anticipated visit to CostCo. I hear they have chia seeds now, y’all!

We’ve accomplished in a few days what previously took us a year. However, a move to another country is exhausting no matter how organized you are. Put into the mix that I had to have yet ANOTHER emergency surgery just three days before our move from Vietnam to Taiwan… Let’s just say it was challenging.

But no need to worry- I’m back on my feet, and Dominic helped take care of me during the…. well I was going to say recovery, but there wasn’t really time for one! It was simply just another pesky ovarian cyst that was hemorrhaging. Supposedly, the doctor in Thailand did a botched job, but the doctors in Vietnam were confident that they sealed the deal this time around. I really hope so, because dang – surgery takes it out of you.

As we stepped off the plane into the airport, I grew emotional. Airports are relatively uninspiring places, but looking out over the organized street traffic of Taipei literally brought a tear to my eye. Watching the people queue so politely for the bus into Taipei was refreshing. I wanted to hug every single one of them. While the bus navigated through the busy streets towards Taipei Main Station, I noticed a young Taiwanese man chasing an elderly woman. He patted her on the back, and handed her her wallet that she had dropped. As soon as we stepped off the bus, a middle aged Taiwanese man asked us if we needed help getting to the train.

These acts of kindness bring me joy and hope. I never saw anything like this in Hanoi. And let’s be honest, you don’t even see these acts of honesty and kindness often in many other countries.

After being away from Taiwan for the last year and a half, I will not take her for granted like I did last time. Yes, she has her faults, but she feels like home to me. I feel like I can finally put my roots down.

Well, until we make the move back to Texas next year….




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