An Expat Guide: Voting Abroad

Hey All. Unless you are living in a cave, then you know that the U.S. Presidential election is taking place this November. And it’s an important one. I must admit, I didn’t send off for my absentee ballot in the last election because I’m from Texas, and I knew that the red would win regardless. […]

Hello Taiwan, We’re Back!

Hallelujah 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 […]

Hanoi,Vietnam: First Impressions

Last month I arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam after spending three months in Mysore, India studying Ashtanga at KPJAYI. During this time my husband, Dominic, got a head start in Vietnam, beginning the foundation for our new lives in Hanoi. It was challenging being apart for three months, but thanks to Skype and a fast wifi […]

Goodbye Taiwan. It’s Been Real.

It seems like only yesterday that Dom and I first arrived to Taiwan, walking around like lost puppies with six pieces of luggage and trying to find our hostel. The past few years have had their ups and downs and they certainly have not been dull. I’ve learned many things about the country, have met […]

10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned While Teaching Abroad

This article was originally published by Jenna Longoria on the Thought Catalog. As a traveling teacher, I have spent the past 4 years of my life growing physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am constantly learning, and being tested by the beautiful challenges that life catapults my way. I have lived in the same neighborhood as drug dealers in […]

The Life of a Taiwanese Student

These precious kiddos aren’t just adorable, but they are also the reason why thousands of westerners have jobs in Taiwan. Buxibans (cram schools) are located on every corner in Taiwan, and I would safely bet there are as many buxibans as 7-11s. A common day for a Taiwanese student consists of 6 hours in a […]

England and the Return of the Evil Landlords

Dom and I traveled to England last month to attend his sister’s wedding, and the reprieve from Kaohsiung couldn’t have come at a better time, seeing as I had just lost my job, and then a week later (just when we thought we had escaped the evil ex-landlords) the police showed up to my work looking […]

Yilan

Yilan makes for a nice 3-day weekend destination from Kaohsiung, and if you are living in Taipei,  it can easily be visited in a normal weekend or even on a spontaneous day trip. There is something for everyone to do in Yilan: hiking, surfing, paragliding, or simply relaxing on the beach with a good book. It […]

New Beginnings

We escaped the evil landlords and moved our things to a new and improved apartment down the street. I don’t know how we have accumulated so much stuff in only 14 months, but in our defense, most of it is practical: pots, pans, and other household items that we can leave behind when we leave for […]

An Expat Guide: 5 Tips to Finding an Apartment in Taiwan

Seeing as we are moving next week to a new apartment (hello ginormous kitchen, yoga room, and modern bathroom! Yay!), and due to the fact that our previous landlords are mean, mean, no good, people, I was inspired to write this post to help any newbies to Taiwan in need of an apartment. We’ve all […]