Thursday, February 23, 2012

Taipei BINGO

My family is coming to visit in just two weeks. I can hardly bear the excitement!

In honor of their visit (and with some inspiration from Caty), I created Taipei BINGO.

Let the fun begin!

If the picture is too small to read, try clicking on it to enlarge the image.

Note: I don't mean for this to be offensive in any way. It's just interesting to think about the different sights in Taipei that were strange to our American eyes when we first arrived. Now we find them totally normal. :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gluten Free Bread Attempt

Several weeks ago, Kalan made his first gluten-free bread attempt since our move to Taiwan.

In the States I made bread every week with a great recipe, but different flours are available here so we're back to experimenting.

I thought this first attempt was delicious while Kalan was ready to toss the whole loaf in the trash.

I guess after almost two years without bread, I'm not too picky. :) Looking forward to attempt #2!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Snow in Taiwan

For Christmas, Kalan's mom sent us this fun "Make Your Own Snowman Kit." I brought it to school and let my students play with "snow" for the first time in their lives. They (and their teacher) excitedly rolled snowballs and built snowmen and snow houses.

I had to keep reminding them not to eat the snow!

Interesting side note: this boy's English name is Kiwi...

Thanks Collette!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Kaohsiung: the British Consulate and the Love River

The next day, we headed to the British Consulate. It's a nice spot overlooking the city where you can relax and enjoy a cup of tea...or a stick of squid sausage.

From there we briefly explored the Love River. I snapped these flower photos for our moms. We miss you. :)

That night we returned to Don Burrito for the second night in a row. (What can we say...good Mexican food is hard to find!) A game of speed scrabble with our French hostel-mate and a visit from a Taiwanese church friend filled out the evening.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kaohsiung: Cijin Island

One day we explored Cijin Island, a short ferry ride from Kaohsiung.

We hiked up to a lighthouse and a historic fort...

...and were rewarded with some great views.

On the way we stumbled upon an old cave. Creepy.

In the afternoon, we made our way to the beach. I could've set up a tent and stayed there all week! It felt so good to soak up some sun.

From there we walked down the old seafood street.

Kalan sampled some squid on a stick. In his words, it "wasn't as bad as I thought."

We finished our day with the best Mexican food I've had in Taiwan (thanks Don Burrito!)