Today is officially the 3 month mark. We packed up and came to Taiwan 3 months ago…time sure does fly. November is going to be a super fun month for us. Sarah’s brother, sister, and sister-in-law are visiting in a week and a half! Then the day they leave, my parents are visiting. It’s going to be a blast showing our families our life in Taipei. My brother and sister also booked their tickets to come visit in January! It’s going to be awesome.
Nothing huge happened this week. We started the open houses at school this week, which was pretty nerve-wracking. The parents of the kids come sit in the classroom and watch us teach for 45 minutes. Awkward turtle! Afterwards, we have to sit with the parents and our school director to talk about the kids. It’s not one on one like the parent/teacher conferences are back at home. It’s tough to talk about each kid while every other parent is listening. You want to tell each parent how their kid is doing, but you have to be careful not to insult the other kids. It’s just different, weird, and a little awkward. On the other hand, it was really nice to meet the parents and see their concern for their kids learning. Thankfully I can sit back and relax because I’m done! Sarah has all three of hers yet 🙂
Tuesday night we went to a place called The Brass Monkey to meet up with my old classmate from the Mandarin Training Center from my first time in Taiwan. He’s working in Shanghai but comes to Taiwan frequently to see his girlfriend. It was great to see him and catch up!
Sarah was able to learn a little salsa dancing from a local Taiwanese guy haha.
This weekend we decided to explore some more of the hiking trails in Neihu. We found the waterfall we were looking for last time and did some river trekking as well. It’s so nice to be able to walk to the trailheads and escape the hustle and bustle of Taipei.
We also checked out one of the few breweries in Taipei. Beer and Cheese sells the best beer we’ve come across in Taipei. They had just finished brewing the hoppiest IPA Taiwan has ever seen and I was able to get the first taste of the first keg! It was delicious.
I also love sitting on the shore of Bihu lake with my beautiful wife at night 🙂
Have a great week!
Kyle and Sarah