You get back and find that:
Your power has been turned off.
It's 90+ degrees outside and humid as hell.
And there is no AC or fans or dehumidifier for you.
Your gas has been turned off.
So no cooking/warm-ish shower for you.
Do you know how much it hurts to shave your legs using cold water?
You are forced to wear a skirt that shows off your hairy, hairy legs.
Your Internet/phone has been turned off.
That means no checking in with family to say you made it safely.
And there's definitely no facebook messages/calls out to local friends asking: where do I go for power/gas/Internet + phone?!
Your scooters won't start.
Either of them.
So then as your husband works on them you walk through the muggy, oppressive heat showing off your hairy, hairy legs on a mission to get some breakfast down the street.
And, of course, people stare.
But still, you count your blessings because you also discover that:
There are no huge, scary spiders waiting to scare the daylights out of you.
There are no cockroaches even though you accidentally left garbage in your sweltering apartment for eight weeks.
There is no mold growing along your walls or on your towels/bedding/clothes.
And most importantly, locals are still the friendliest people on the planet.
As you and your hairy legs make it around town to the power/gas/Internet + phone company offices, on foot at first then via scooter after your amazing husband fiiinally gets them started, they bend over backwards to figure out what you need.
And then they get you all sorted out and everything turned back on.
So then you go home, turn on the AC + fans, make some eggs, email your people in America and finally take a shower and shave your legs.
And all is right in the world once again.
Then you do what you love to do when you're in Taiwan:
Sit back, eat some dumplings, drink some tea, admire the dragon covered temples and feel perfectly lucky you get to live your life here.
Thanks for the welcome home Taiwan!
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