Technically we don’t have a home of our own just yet. We’ve been staying with family members in North and South of Taiwan and at Bed and Breakfast accommodations on the East Coast. Our 18 days across the East coast in March has been eye-opening and has allowed us to see the possibilities of being with nature and being able to enjoy riding the bicycle on a regular basis. We rode many many kilometers on our bicycles during those 18 days on the East coast. Admittedly, more kilometers than we ever have in our life time. I can be on the bicycle on a daily basis exploring so many places. That thought alone by itself keeps me encouraged!
We have searched and searched and searched online and in person. Unfortunately, our apartment search has NOT been successful. Jack is still searching. Though there are many accommodations available in the form of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts there are very few 2 bedroom apartments in the area in which we were hoping to live, Southeast coast of Taiwan. Basically, there are plenty of empty, unused, bed and breakfasts and hotels but no apartments for long-term rental. There’s a business opportunity….. long-term rentals. The B n B market seems quite saturated and B n Bs in Taiwan are not inexpensive. Hard to believe they all survive and still make moey. There are tons of them. Anyway, the apartments Jack has found are either too big or just a one room, usually no kitchen, not furnished. etc. Go figure eh?
Moving to a new country comes with hurdles. Over the years we have had our share of jumping through hoops in Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, and Burma all dealing with visas for short and long-term stays. I suppose this is yet another test for our family. We went through many hoops, spent a lot of dollars authenticating a plethora of documents while we were back in the US to prepare ourselves before coming to Taiwan. Now that we are here there are yet more surprises, large and small hoops to jump through. As with all of life challenges we keep our heads up high (as much as possible), forward focused and keep moving.
On the bright side of life, there’s always a bright side, we are eternally grateful (more than words could ever express) to my in-laws and our extended family for accommodating us so kindly and generously while we are here as we try to sort out properly and legally, Jack’s long-term visas and of course, mine and Emma’s.
The lack of housing has put us in a situation where we had begun to think about creative spaces. I’ve explored WWOOFing, Couchsurfing, Work-Away hosts, House sitting and even the possibility of buying a camper van. I did buy a used 4-person tent recently. So Yaay, we have a tent. Still, things are up in the air and hopefully, we will have a better idea of where we could be very soon.
Still, waiting for the right time to purchase our bicycles. We need some quality, long-lasting, lightweight bicycles that we will be able to bring with us to the Stateside or wherever we decide to go to next after Taiwan. My hope and goal is to make bicycle riding a life-long habit by living and exploring with it which definitely has its long-term health and environmental benefits.
Speaking of health, I’ve not been cooking much. But happy to report we are eating a lot, of course, expanding our waistline exponentially. Our family has stuffed us with a ton of good delicious food wherever we go. As usual they feed us well. We’ve had a chance to try new foods and we’ve also had a lot of 7-11 food. Trust me, 7-11 is our emergency buddy in Taiwan. Of course, there are particular foods I miss from Thailand/Burma/Malaysia which at the moment means I end up adding a lot of hot sauce to everything I eat! d on that note, my mid-size Siracha sauce my mother gave me is almost 1/2 way gone. I’ve only just started using it a few days ago. Soon it will be completely consumed and I will have no Siracha. NOOOOOOOO! So I’m screaming in my head, planning and mapping out a recipe to make my own version of siracha sauce. Or search for a similar one out there here in Taiwan.
On the homeschooling aka worldschooling front, things are taking shape and making progress. Some days are better than others. We’ve come a long way. I will probably write about this separately soon. Having settled in Jack’s uncles home in Kaohsiung for the frist few weeks during and after Lunar New Year has been helpful. Right now, the challenge for me as a home schooling Mum is balancing the needs of my child’s learning interests while living light, simple and small. Since we are not settled in our own space that places me in a highly anxious mode.
We’re not on vacation everyday. Surprise! This is our life. Of course lIfe is not perfect even in the life of a nomadic family like us even though others may see beautiful photos we post from our jaunts around various part of the world. We have our own set of struggles, frustrations, and up-and-downs as a family.but as all things in our lives go we try our best to go with the flow, being patient and flexible.
It’s been almost three months since we moved to Taiwan. Needless to say, I’m definitely ready to settle into a space we can call our own. I have to admit, settling into our own space in Thaiand was a much easire process than our experience here in Taiwan. So the learning and the searching continues. Perhaps the next time you read this, you’ll find us in a camper van or at some organic farm or a nice home to settle in. I’m ready to make the most of our time in Taiwan.
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We Say NO to the Status Quo.
Live Small. Live Green.
Give Large. Take Little.
Take Notice. Take Action.