I realize that I haven’t gotten to the Vietnam post yet.
But I’m leaving Taipei tomorrow.
So, I spent all this time (10 months!) here in Taipei. What did I do?
Well, first of all, I took a lot of pictures.
I have also read many great books (if not a great many), I would never have picked up on my own and I am grateful for the recommendations of my friends and teachers.
I read a bunch of books I picked myself and these were interesting, too.
I went to many places and saw different landscapes, countries, cities and areas, some were beautiful and some not so much, but all of them were new to me.
I have spent a lot of time alone, selfishly focusing on myself and my own needs.
I have watched many a series.
I have spent a lot of time with wonderful people, some I met only briefly and some who became close friends.
I have accepted some of my limitations and found ways to deal with them.
I have cried and laughed with and in front of a lot of people and found it liberating.
I have learned about being different and unable to make myself understood and still being treated with kindness, and this kindness sometimes blew me away.
I have learned bits and pieces of a new language and taught others my own.
I have learned to live in a state of near constant confusion.
I have learned about humility and gratitude.
I have become aware of some of my weaknesses and discovered even more strengths.
I have learned about what is important to me.
I have experienced great pain and great pleasure.
I have been very impressed and very disappointed.
I have let some things go.
I have improvised quite a bit and I have worked on my patience.
I have consumed wonderful food and I have relished it.
I have learned how to make some of that wonderful food and I have every intention of making it again.
I have developed an obsession with tea eggs.
I have found new music that I like.
I have been jogging again, which is something I never thought I would do voluntarily.
I have become physically stronger and I am feeling fantastic.
I have challenged myself and I’m not going to stop doing this any time soon.
I have shopped responsibly and only bought new clothes when my old ones had non-mend-able holes or were almost falling apart.
I have kidnapped a piece of furniture and held it hostage for 6 months.
I have not learned how to play the Ukulele, but I have made a stuffed animal.
I have found kindred spirits and experienced great and unexpected generosity and kindness.
I have convinced a few of my favorite people to come to Germany and I hope they will have an amazing time there.
I’m going to leave you with this gem of a song for the sole purpose of entertaining you. It’s about bubble baths, islands and goodbyes:
(The impatient among you, go to 1:57)
I may be no Honey Waffle, but I still have a lot of fun doing my thing :)
Starting tomorrow, I will do my thing in Thailand.
Goodbye, Taipei! <3