October 17-18th, 2015
I had spent the whole week booking flights and searching for hostels in preparation for my one-month vacation. Needless to say by Friday I was tired. BUT I had a weekend filled with friends to look forward to.
On Saturday, I got up and ran errands. I heard that Carrefour (Taiwanese version of Walmart) had frozen spinach and brussel sprouts. I went and bought both of them…it’s the little things. Then Alex and I went down to Taichung.
We had dinner at Anita’s Canita where we met two couples that were new to Taiwan. The one couple had two kids so I was talking to them for a little bit. I really enjoyed talking to them, which surprised me. I think I have gotten so used to having basic conversations with my students and just assuming they don’t understand me half the time that I had forgotten how smart and sassy American kids can be. It was great! Their mom, Beth, was also really cool too and I really enjoyed talking to her.
After dinner we all walked down the street to Lei Gallery. The gallery is mainly owned by Jon, the guy who tatted my necklace and world tattoos, and he was featuring a solo artist. My friend Nick, from HESS training, was going to be there and I hadn’t seen him in a long time so I stopped by to say hi. It was great to catch up a little bit and meet more new people that also lived in Taichung.
Then my favorite part of the day: I got to spend the rest of my evening face-timing with my good friend from back home, Alfredo. It was so nice to catch up and just talk about things like we used to when I was back in St. Cloud, MN.
Sunday morning, Kristen and I drove to Taichung and went to the waterfall with Sean, Laura, and Taffy. I had been hearing about this waterfall for almost a year now and was glad to finally be going. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains until we arrived at the Taiping Waterfall. We spent the rest of the morning and afternoon at the waterfall and it was so relaxing.
For some reason this particular weekend made me very sentimental. It made me appreciate the good people that I have met in Taiwan and all of the fun we have together. I am so grateful that I moved halfway around the world and am so happy with my decision. When I was really homesick last year I felt like I would never fully be at peace with my decision, but look at me now. It is as simple as this: I am so glad I stayed a second year.