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Feb 1, 2015 - Sunday: Back to Taipei, on to Cambodia

Today we began our day at 7 a.m. with meditation. Twenty minutes later, we began folding our clothes and scrambling to pack. A request for breakfast gets us a few extra minutes to pack followed by a quick breakfast of a small amount of fresh fruit, sprouts, and a scrambled egg with white bread. Then it was back to the room to continue to packing. In my case, packing into my little suitcase is really a challenge. In fact, Ellery suggested we carry it out to the car and worry about it later: a grand idea, I think. After all, the drive to the...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Monday, Monday

This was to be an exciting day. My Bro might not think so, but then he hasn't tried to get around lately in Taipei! The city is busy beyond belief. Cars, motor bikes, buses, bicycles: everyone is traveling so fast, it's enough to create stress just looking at the street let alone attempting to travel on it by foot or, as in our case today, by car! Rich is driving, so the first thing we did was find the car rental in the middle of the city. It took a certain stick-to-it-tiveness to make it from the Subway station to a half-mile distance to...

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Jan 25, 2015 - Sunday: A Day of Rest?

Good Morning, Everyone! We here in Taiwan are a full 14 hours ahead of you. That means you are settling in to your Saturday night, and we are beginning a new day. We've been lucky in the weather department. Ellery tells me winters are usually rainy and cold. It's been beautiful here. Yesterday 70s put the sun on my face as we enjoyed a leisurely tea break of 2-1/2 hours in the mountains between gondola rides. I'll be sure to show you photos in a moment. As for how this day began, it is with the usual concern for clothes drying. We brought...

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Jan 24, 2015 - Saturday: What to Do!

(I just lost an hour and a half's journal entry due to not saving. Please have faith as I start again. I shall re-do and finish! I'm like a pit bull this morning, and I refuse to be beaten!) We start each day with a shower, washing out our clothes from the day before and hanging it to dry. It's a process, and it's kind of fun living so bare bones. I love the clothes that I brought, and as long as they are clean, I have enough choices for all kinds of weather. First things first: journal entry, coffee, adventure. Today our coffee shop of...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Evening: Night Market

"You are such a good sport," Ellery tells me, "for trying all the foods I put in front of you." After tonight, I would have to agree, as you likely shall in a moment. The Night Market in Taipei is an extravaganza of color, street performers, people moving in all directions, and food of all varieties except for that which North Americans are familiar. So what's a person to do in this environment? Go with the flow...literally! "Taste this, mom, go ahead, taste it!" "What is it?" "Taste it first; then I'll tell you." Can't guess,...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Lunch and an Afternoon Visit to Ellery's Cram School

Food times are always exciting. We never know what we are going to get...at least Rich and I do not know. And I have made the promise to "be a good sport" and try everything Ellery puts in front of me. Rich has done so also. That means if it contains meat, so be it. If it contains ???, so be it also. Just the way foods are put together is interesting in and of itself...as you shall see. First, Ellery looks at and fills out the menu. We order, and the gorgeous food arrives. I am trying hard to learn to manage chopsticks. I've never been...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Morning

Freezing cold w/wool socks, leggings, and top on along with my wool cap and goose down sweater, I finally fell asleep last night. Six and a half hours later I was up and happily showering while Rich got us coffee down the street as our Air BnB does not supply coffee. And only a small amount of TP. But I'll save that discussion for later. Ellery came over by 8:30 a.m. announcing our plans for our adventure today. I planned to be flexible and to try any foods he decided would be worth trying if for no other reason than to say we...

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Oct 30, 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan Airport

Landed in Taiwan!! After leaving Seattle at 2AM, and flying for 12 hours, we made it to the first stop on our journey to bring Luke home. The EVA Airline is very wonderful, and sitting in "elite" (upgraded coach), was worth every penny we paid. The seats reclined nicely, and their is a foot rest that supports your legs in that position. The food was decent for airline food with both a Chinese and American option (EVA is a Taiwan based airline), but even our love for all things Chinese couldn't allow us to try the "Fish Floss" for breakfast....

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Luke's Journey Home

Mar 5, 2014 - Leaving Taiwan and reminiscing

April 2014 Traveling was what I came here to do. I wanted to experience other cultures and I have definitely had the opportunity to do that. Here are some highlights from different trips: Shanghai- first time being exposed to people who rarely see blonds. People in the streets took pictures and acted as though we were celebrities. First Asian experience. First time seeing markets. Didn’t have any currency, though, so we couldn’t really eat or do anything. Arriving in Taiwan- as we flew into the island for the first time, Cody and I had our...

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Apr 7, 2013 - Taipei, Taiwan

Our interest in visiting Taiwan was due to the fact that it is one of the significant countries on the Pacific Rim and because it has the second tallest building in the world, Taipei 101. It had the tallest building in the world until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. We could not find one of the tourist guide books we normally purchase for our trips nor could we find tour companies that could give us some suggested travel tips. So it appears that at least “western” tourism is not a major economic factor. However, we found...

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Mar 10, 2013 - Chapter 2: Taiwan

Hi everyone, So where we last left off I had just arrived at TPE after nearly 24 consecutive hours of travel. When I left Dulles it was 6:35 am local time the morning of March 1. When I landed in Taipei it was a little past 7:00 pm the evening of March 2. Since I did manage to get a few hours of sleep on the flight to Seoul, I was less tired than just a bit disoriented. Luckily there were not many other international flights arriving so customs/immigration went quickly. Because Taiwan has a unique arrangement and operates with a good deal...

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Tropic Thunder 2013

Feb 14, 2013 - Layovers suck

October 26, 2012 is when we booked our first ticket for this trip. It has been a very interesting journey to get here. We have both experienced every emotion possible. Excitement, fear, anxiety, happiness, sadness, and we both have been very overwhelmed. But this is something we both wanted more than anything and we are proof that you can make your dreams come true no matter how big or small they are. No excuses people!! "Do just once what other's say you can't do, and you will never listen to their limitations again" J. Cook DAY 1: So...

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