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The aboriginal man sits at a table just outside his coffee shop in a remote mountain village in northwest Taiwan. This cafe was his dream for many years and it finally opened only six months earlier. He works only on weekends, taking care of the Taiwanese “city people” who travel
“It’s late at night and she’s sound asleep. She begins to dream about someone controlling her movements and awakens suddenly. When she opens her eyes, she sees the figure of an old man standing near her bed, quietly watching her. Unable to move her body, she’s terrified. Her thoughts … Read more
At dinner the other night with a new friend, a recent expat-transplant to this island, talk turned to the many amazing things to see and do in Taiwan. Although I’ve seen and done a lot in the past 3 years, I still have a lot left on my “To Do” … Read more
In many cultures, talking about money is often considered taboo. Personally, I hate money and wish we could live simply like the primitive people on the island of Yap where men wear little skirts and deals are made with gigantic stone discs instead of money.
But we live in … Read more
One of my private tutor students has been with me for almost three years. He’s a Taiwanese engineer with high level English speaking and reading skills. His conversation skills, however, are sorely lacking. He seems to have no opinion and not much personality (sad, but true). We read articles from … Read more
A weekend escape into Taiwan history …and food!
After spending many weekends wandering through the mountains near my home in Hsinchu, exploring mountain roads and aboriginal villages, it was time for a weekend getaway and some different scenery. So my friend and I packed our small backpacks and headed … Read more
Before moving to Taiwan, I knew very little about the country except that it’s an island with some murky connection to China. I had a Skype interview with a Taiwanese school, jumped on a flight and arrived on this murky island totally clueless. In the past few years I’ve learned … Read more
The Dutch explorers called it “Formosa” meaning “beautiful island”. Those Dutch guys were experienced world-traveling explorers who knew what they were talking about. The beauty of Taiwan is kind of a well-kept secret, but I’m spilling it here … high mountains, hot springs, amazing hiking, and beautiful beaches. The … Read more