It’s hard to believe it’s only been three weeks (and two days) since we moved here, but, at the same time, it’s hard to believe it’s already been three weeks. Our plane rides from Washington, D.C., to New York to Hong Kong to Kaohsiung three weeks ago feel like a lifetime ago. In these three weeks, we’ve had many adventures and have done quite a bit of exploring.
At the beginning, it was about getting to know our neighborhood so we knew where to get food and other basic necessities. Over time, we’ve gotten more familiar with it and have ventured out farther. We’re again enjoying the market culture here and have gone to both an afternoon and morning market. We’ve found biking routes that we enjoy, ventured downtown to the beautiful public library, ridden the MRT. We’ve found a nearby park where we can play badminton and we’ve gone swimming at the local pool near us (for about $3 for the three of us!).
We’ve already been through one typhoon, which caused us to postpone a vacation to Kenting, the southernmost point of Taiwan.
We also visited my husband’s and son’s school before anyone else got here. My husband’s school also took all the new faculty and their families on a couple of outings to Cijin Island and to Sandimen, an aboriginal town. We’ve been getting around on our scooter and exploring our neighborhood. We’ve gone to Lotus Pond and the art district at Pier 2.
My son has become friends with a few other expat kids from school, including a girl in his grade who shares his “passion for pigs” (his words!). My husband is finishing up his first full week of school and my son will start school next week. I’m making plans to teach a basic Mandarin class to other new faculty members and plan on taking Mandarin courses myself.
All in all, I think we’re settling in quite easily and smoothly, and enjoying our life here (most of the time)!