Here are the highlights of Taiwan in photos. Click on the link to see all fifty.
My M10-38 class. I started with them when there were M8.
My K11-31 class. I started them when they were K9.
Fran, Bunny, and Vivian from my K11-31 class. I really liked the girls in that class.
My M9-39 class. I started them when they were M7.
My M2-47 class. I started them when they were M1. I was their first foreign teacher.
My K6-372 class. I started them when they were K4.
My A2-25 class. I started them when they were A1 and I was their first foreign teacher.
The pet stand in the Liouhe nightmarket. This is where I got my dwarf hamster Jia.
During my last weekend in Kaohsiung, Kim and I went to Cheng Ching lake. This lake is where Kaohsiung gets most of its drinking water.
I find this picture very amusing because that sign says no fishing and yet there are three guys fishing right next to it.
One of the pretty birds on this seven point bridge. The seven points are supposed to bring good luck.
The stairs that went into the water at Cheng Ching lake. Kim and I asked but we could not find a reason or a story to explain why the stairs did that. After us there were a couple of foreign girls that slipped on the stairs and almost fell in. This terrified their Taiwanese companions because the Taiwanese are scared of water because many cannot swim and they believe their are many ghosts in water that will try to drown you.
Kim and I walked around the lake for several hours so I got quite a few nice shots of the lake.
This is the fountain Kim and I had quite a lot of fun with. The original plan was to run in and actually touch the fountain but we realized that we would be running straight into the water so instead we slowly walked towards the fountain until we felt we were wet enough. We ended up getting quite wet but since it was over eight degrees outside it felt rather nice.
So in Taiwan they have these crazy toys/vehicles/rides for kids. In America we have all seen the coin operated stationary toys in malls and sometimes outside grocery stores but Taiwan has taken this a step further. They have made coin operated toys that will actually take you somewhere. The speed, size, and shape of these toys varies but I have seen them in several different places and they kind of creep me out.
This is the entrance to Kaohsiung's new MRT. I rode it once with Michelle and I've been on the one in Taipei and I like them a lot. I find them convenient. They are like our subways.
This is the shopping market/nightmarket off of Wufu where I bought a lot of my clothes and also a few gifts for other people. This one mainly has clothes.
One of my few photos of Taipei and all of it's scooters.
The Love River. I spent a lot of time around there when I first came to Taiwan. I'm rather surprised that I don't have more photos of it.
The Love River at night. I think it was almost prettier at night than at day but I think that's because a lot of the days tend to be hazy but the nights are always full of lights.
The Martyr's shrine. I went up there on three different occasions. Once with Julian, once with Arron, and once with Ryan. It gives a great overview of the city.
A Buddhist statue.
People where these hats fairly regularly in Taiwan.
The Love River on a pretty day with people out on the water. For so long I was convinced that nothing could survive in that water but then one day I saw fish in it.
Sanfonzon Street where there are tons of dried food stalls. After seeing this I decided that Asian people can dry just about anything.
Michelle and I at Kojen's summer party.
A traditional Chinese offering. Normally along with this there is the burning of yellow money.
A view of the city from the Marty's shrine.
The Dream mall which puts our malls to shame.
The Hello Kitty tree at Christmas time in the Dream Mall.
Ivy's wedding. It was a Catholic wedding but still pretty. Her dress was beautiful.
Ryan and I at the Martyr's shrine.
One of the biggest spiders I've ever seen in my life.
The Dragon-Tiger pavilion at Lotus Pond. You go in the Dragon and out the tiger for good luck. Inside there are paintings depicting hell.
A bridge in Maulin.
A beautiful valley in the hills on Maulin.
A traditional Taiwansese cemetary.
Pizza Hut delivery men.
Festival at Lukang.
The beautiful beach at Kenting.
Typical dogs in Taiwan.
The view of Kenting from up in the hills.
Monkey!!! We saw these in the forests about Kenting.
A cool cave in Kenting.
The view from the 85 Tower in Kaohsiung. We are on the 74th floor.
Ryan and I at the Lantern festival.
Celebrating year of the rat.
A photo of just some of the people and booths that were at the Lantern festival.
A picture of some of the awesome fireworks that happened during the Lantern festival.