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We went to Haulien this past weekend. We left Saturday after Sports Day at my school and came back this evening. I promise to post pictures tomorrow!

Sports Day is an annual event at every school at every level of study in this country. Students and teachers spend weeks preparing. My school has an art competition; cleans and decorates; students learn songs and practice athletic performances and there are many competitions. The day occurs on Saturday, I suppose so that parents can attend and there is no school on Monday. It was a really fun day day, and a full day for us as we rode the train for over 4 hours to this nice little town nestled between mountains and beaches in the north. I’ll download photos from Sports Day and Taroko Gorge tomorrow.

I found a different English language paper up there, as well as the China Post which I haven’t read in a while. Politics are getting kinda crazy here as we approach elections. Both the current president and his wife are already up on charges for various crimes. Now, there is speculation that he will put the country under marshall law and prevent the January elections. Who knows!

Also read of the passing of Julia Carson in the China Post. May she rest in peace.

I was writing Evan James today and I thought this sounded interesting enough to share here.  Evan is currently if Florida, working for Uncle Sam.

It’s 7:40 and the school day here is just beginning.  The sky is extremely overcast, looks like rain. I actually saw the mountains again yesterday morning!!
It’s about to get noisy here:  students are cleaning, music is on the intercom system which is loud enough for kris to hear at our apartment which is about 1/4 mile away.  the students will probably practice for sports day again today.  this means the band will play, there will be singing and lots of talking on the microphone which is loud enough for kris to hear. I’m not sure what sports day is all about. I just know that it’s a really big deal in elementary schools here.  They’ve been practicing, performing and decorating for weeks.  I’ve been given a special shirt to wear on Saturday for the day.

Speaking of loud, we didn’t hear fireworks last night. We usually hear them every night.  On Saturday evening when we came back from the beach, they were so loud I thought we were being attacked by China.  i could see the sky turning colors behind our building which verified fireworks. I’ve been told they’re set off for funerals, holidays and feasts related to local gods.

8:40 and the practice continues.  Look for pictures from Saturday!

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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