Family Visit and Taroko Trip

December 28, 2006

Maybe you’ve heard about the recent earthquakes here in Taiwan. Well, we (me and my dad and brother, who are visiting me currently) weren’t anywhere near where the damage occured, so we’re fine, but our hotel room was certainly shaking that night. Quinn and my dad have been here since last Sunday, and we’ve done a lot since then.  It’s been pretty stressful to work full time and have guests as well, but fortunately I got to take the last few days off so we could take a little trip down to Hualien and Taroko Gorge. Here are our past 2 weeks in pictures!

First we got the touristy stuff out of the way, like going to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, Taipei 101,

and Taiwan Storyland.  Taiwan Storyland is a recreation of 1965 Taipei. Here’s my dad in the classroom there, pretending he’s some kind of teacher or something.

Then they came to the kindergarten to hang out with my kids

and watch me teach.

On Christmas eve we went to Danshui

and then came home for a Christmas dinner of soup, fried rice, cookies, and rice wine.

I gave my brother a Xiao for Christmas

and he and my dad gave me an Erhu, so we played some beautiful music together.

On Christmas we headed down to Hualien and Taroko Gorge.  I think these pictures speak for themselves:


  1. The pictures of the gorge are incredible — esp. the hanging bridge over the gorge — wow!

    Jim and I visited your Mom and Dad (Quinn was sleeping off the effects of their flight home) the afternoon your Dad and Quinn got home from their visit to Taiwan. Your Dad said the three of you had a great time together. We left the usual bag of popcorn balls and our typical off key rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

    He and your Mom both looked great — even considering the jetlag your Dad was suffering from, and the fact that your Mom had been up in the wee hours of the morning to meet their 5 a.m. flight.

    We miss the neighborhood. It’s hard to replace such wonderful friends, but reading your blog at least keeps us up on your adventures.

    Take care and keep having wonderful adventures. Think of all you’ll have to share with your kids some day!

    Love, Chrys

  2. PS: I forgot. The bamboo flute looks familiar. Kimi helps make and sell bamboo flutes and clairinets, etc. (good ones) at the Renaissance Festival in Minnesota. She plays them, too. I have a couple, but I can’t play them as well as she can. The erhu looks interesting, too.

    Love again, Chrys

  3. Taiwan looks like a beautiful country…makes me want to visit!

  4. Hi again Chrys! I appreciate the comments even if I’ve been very slow at responding to anything lately. I wish I could have been around to see you, and of course eat some delicious popcorn balls! Maybe another year. Love, Kaitlin.

  5. […] Taroko Gorge, where I spent last Christmas with Dad and Quinn? (Follow the link and scroll down for Taroko […]

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