Friday, August 22, 2014

a welcome home, taiwan style


This is what happens when you leave Taiwan for nearly eight weeks.
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.
You melt.

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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20 comments

  1. I'm sorry you had problems, but I'm glad that it turned out ok. I LOVE the photo!

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    1. Thanks! It turned out surprisingly well!

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  2. Sounds lovely! Well, the end result anyway :) Expat life has its challenges for sure!!

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    1. Most of the time, I am just able to laugh off the challenges. Sometimes it's harder on hot days with no AC.

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  3. Glad there weren't spiders - those are scary! As long as you're alive and in a beautiful place that's all that matters, and happiness!

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    1. Yes, we have Hunstman spiders in Taiwan and they are the size of your hand. It's always a horrifying experience to find one.

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  4. I a not laughing at the hairy legs part, honestly! Thank goodness for dumplings too! :)

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, dumplings are such a lifesaver.

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  5. Jackie, I know what you mean! Being able to teach and work overseas in such awesome places such as yours truly is magic! Good luck on your new school year. BTW - Your dragon silhouette is absolutely stunning!

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree. We live a charmed life.

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  6. I am so interested in teaching in Taiwan and I'm happy to have found your blog to read more about it :)

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    1. I don't write too much about work on my blog but I would be more than happy to answer some questions. I teach at an international school so I am teaching things like geography, history, classic novels, etc and not English as a second language. I might be able to hook you up with ESL teachers if that's what you plan to do.

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  7. Why did everything get turned off? Sounds like you are happily settled back in again. Sounds great.

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    1. Everything was turned off because we left for eight weeks over summer and could not pay our bills while we were away. But all is right in the world now. And by that I mean we have AC once again :)

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  8. Welcome back! I'm glad you were able to figure things out kinda quickly and had nice people to help!

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    1. Thanks! We are so happy to be back too!

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  9. My God, Taiwanese dumplings. A gift from the gods! You are so lucky to live in such an amazing country. We love Taiwan.

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    1. I totally agree. Our favorite place to eat dumpling is Din Tai Fung. Did you go there when in Taipei?

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  10. Wow, what a homecoming! I am honestly amazed that you had no cockroach friends waiting for you - that was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard you were away for 8 weeks. Everything else is manageable - except cockroaches!

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    1. I am too! We did put cockroach traps all around our apartment but none of them were used. I was sooooooooo thankful!

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