Home is Where the Heart is

by Theresa

Home, home, home. I’m home! Have you heard?

Three cheers for being home!

It is now the time and place to share (morestories and (more) pictures (there really are more than just this blog), hold family and friends tight, sleep on the couch, watch TV, drink wine, eat SALADS and ICE CREAM (are you surprised that these foods are what I want the most of? You shouldn’t be), cuddle with my puppy, clean and organize, graduate, and prepare for the beginning of my next phase in life.

I am, without a doubt, taking my time to adjust to the American way of life. Even though I’ve done certain things one way for my entire life, the “Taiwanese Way” impacted me more than I thought, and I laugh every time I catch myself subconsciously performing a new behavior.

Surprisingly, certain behaviors that used to be second nature, now feel strange and forced. Believe it or not, I have to think about texting, and the screen looks so uncommon. I don’t even want to think about how weird it will feel to drive again.

More so than anything, I’m shocked that I am still speaking Chinese phrases (Nǐ hǎo, Xièxiè, Nǐ ne?, Duìbùqǐ, Zǎo ān!, Zhēn de ma?) and hope that this means I will be able to retain some of it/continue to learn if I use it every day.

Honestly, I feel overwhelmed with the entire readjustment process.  Thankfully, I did my research and accept this as “normal”.  Plus, it’s only been two days, give or take, since I stepped off that final plane stretch (BTW the flight from Detroit to Cleveland takes 16 minutes!) so there’s no need to worry. I’m just telling myself to breathe, trying to create some sense of a sleep schedule, and counting my blessings for having so many days until the gears of life start grinding again.

So that’s that! I’ll be happy to check back in with some update posts, but until much has happened, there’s not much to tell. Just for fun, I’ll say goodbye with a series of my favorite trip pictures (sorry if you don’t like pictures!) that didn’t make the cut the first-time around. I hope you enjoy, and thank you for following along with my adventures!

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Chung Tai Museum

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“Top of the Mountain” at Xitou

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Sunset #1

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Shopping in Taipei

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Sunburn from Taipei Zoo

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Taipei 101

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Outside of the hostel in Taipei

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Boatride in Taipei

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Group picture on Lover Bridge

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Harriet Potter, anyone?

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Penghu Islands

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COBE in Taiwan feature on the Ashland University website

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Last day of class!

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The artist at work

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Me with my portrait

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“Ashland University”—I painted this!

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Sunset #2

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Sunset #3

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“Breast Touch Alley”

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Our favorite milk store

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“Goodbye” picture with Greta

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Sunset #4

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