We’ve been in Taipei just over 24 hours now. We stayed up for the first 14 hours straight and then finally slept. Ah, glorious sleep. When we planned this trip, we were hoping to set up a Taipei with Kids writing opportunity. There’s not a lot out there on the subject. Is 1 day really enough to say anything? Well, within 10 hours, we accumulated quite a few funny and “educational” experiences plus a few “rules” for enjoying Taipei with kids.
1. First stop was breakfast at a little hole in the wall restaurant. They took one look at us and handed us some sticky, laminated menus. One had American food. The other listed Chinese breakfast items. Rule #1: Stick to the local specialties. We ordered breakfast crepes with egg and bacon, egg and pork, and egg and corn. All were delicious! And the milk tea for the kids arrived in a sealed cup that we Read more
We’re going back! Eighteen years ago, I promised friends that I would be back in two years. Easier said than done. There was a wedding and then a baby and then another baby. Somewhere in there we gained car payments, a mortgage, and two full-time jobs to go with it all. Plane tickets aren’t cheap and vacation time is priceless. What seemed so simple, never happened. I thought about my friends; I sent cards; and even experimented with Internet calls in their first incarnations. But I never got back.
Then, a few years ago, we were outrageously lucky enough to spend six months in Vienna, Austria. As we made new friends and began to feel at home, there was a strange underlying sadness for me. How could I commit to this new culture, to the German language and its torturous grammar, and to our new friends when I had never made it back to Thailand? Read more
Next week my family is heading for Thailand for the Christmas holidays. We are all very excited to be heading to a destination that combines unique culture and great people with delicious food and tropical beaches. This will not be my first Thai experience however, but that does not make it any less exciting.
I first went to Thailand in 1989, on my way east from traveling for several months in Nepal and India. I was initially disappointed at how easy it was to get around. I could jump on a water-bus on the Chao Phraya River to get to most places that I wanted to go in Bangkok. Or catch on a cheap minibus on Khaosan Road to get to almost any place in the country that a backpacker would want to go – north, south, east, or west. There were no people aggressively asking me for money or competitive jostling in long lines to buy tickets. It took me several days to relax. Read more
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