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These past few days have brought rare and welcomed rain to Pingtung and because of the rain, the air was particularly clear.  Looking out my bedroom window, I was given a rare view of the mountains that surround the city.  I could see my school situated on the eastern boundary of the city.  Plush palm trees line the river behind the school, filling the land to the mountains.  This was such a nice present for my last day in the apartment!

So, now I’m in Kaohsiung, where I’ll be until I fly to Changsha.  I look forward to meeting the high school students with whom I’ll be working, seeing the differences in Chinese culture on the mainland and on this island and preparing these students for an opportunity of a lifetime.  I know how much this year has changed me, imagine what it will do for these teenagers! 

I don’t think time has ever flown faster than it has this week!  It is already Thursday!  This time next week, Pingtung will be a complete memory!  What I haven’t mentioned here yet is that when I leave Taiwan, I will be spending 8 days in China helping to prepare a group of high school students for life in the US.  I’ll be in Changsha, China in Yunan Province, basically going from the hottest part of Taiwan to the hottest part of China.  I’ll swing back through Taiwan to get my luggage and fly home in time for Nick and Rho’s wedding!!

In the meantime, I’m getting last minute details out of the way and in the midst of all the ‘to do’s’ are mundane things like shopping for food!  I was in Carrefour picking up some fruit.  I counted 7, SEVEN!!, types of mangoes and THREE varieties of kiwi!  A-mazing!  Mangoes don’t grow in Indiana.  I will miss mangoes!!

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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