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I’m almost home!!!  I’ll leave on Friday and I’ll be home on Friday.  The International dateline thing is corny. but cool!

I am in Taiwan, though.

Michael Buble was in my ear today.

Another airplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky I know
But I wanna go home
Mmmm, I’ve got to go home

China was great. No, it wasn’t a tourist destination. It was work; good work that I really enjoyed. Guess I’m just weird like that! When last I saw the students, they were on the way to Beijing in hope of getting their visas to the US, in hopes of convincing the right people that this is a one year, one shot deal and they’ll be returning to China. Some do still need placements in the US, so let me know if you’re interested!

So sorry to say I will leave China with the image of the air nestled strongly in my lungs. It began quite clear because it has been raining, but everyday I was there, the air got dustier and dirtier. I could see, smell and feel the particulates as they traveled my nasal passages. Not a good feeling at all. In China, I felt the newness of being in an unfamiliar place, but I actually found myself smiling about going back to dirty ol’ Taiwan. I don’t know the language, but I can maneuver and I can do a bit of communicating.


Maybe surrounded by
A million people I
Still feel all alone
I just wanna go home

Coming home…yeah, I think of Taiwan as home!!…was an interesting trip; an exercise in character development! Did you know there’s a typhoon sitting on the southern shores of Taiwan? Because of the typhoon, I couldn’t land in Kaoshiung (where I left a suitcase!!) and landed in Taoyoun instead. We sat in the plane for an hour because someone thought the typhoon would clear up and we would be able to land. I’m hoping it will clear away tomorrow morning when it’s time to head to the US!

It kinda flustered me that an airline company could do nothing to help me get my suitcase from Kaohsiung to Taipei overnight. But such is where I am. It amazed me that students in China were able to think critically and creatively much more so than those I worked with in Taiwan. Shouldn’t those in a democracy be better prepared to find, analyze, assess and evaluate information? Well, I’ve got great friends taking care of the suitcase for me, so life goes on. Thanks, Fulin and Riz!!!!

And thanks, Evan James for handling that post the other day!

And I feel just like I’m living someone else’s life
It’s like I just stepped outside
When everything was going right

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In August, 2007 I will be leaving Indianapolis with my daughter, Kristen, to live and work in the Republic of China (Taiwan). This will be my fiftieth year on this planet and my first year living in another country. This blog will let you join us on the adventure!
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