So it seems that many of our friends aren’t actually sure where in the world we are… but have no fear, I have google-mapped it for you!
We’re living in Taiwan, formally known as Ilha Formosa, which translates to mean ‘beautiful island.’ Shaped like a sweet potato, Taiwan sits outs in the Pacific Ocean with mainland China at its West, Japan to the North-East, and the Philippines to the South. It is not to be confused with Thailand, where all the drunk English 20-somethings are.
The official language is Mandarin (Chinese), although a lot of people do speak the native Taiwanese language, which is currently something of a mystery to us. It gets hit by typhoons all the time around August, and winter only lasts for about a month. The people are mostly a mix of Taoists, Buddhists and Confucianists, or sometimes all three! The rubbish trucks play a ridiculously loud tune and you have to run outside from your apartment block, run after the truck, and throw your bags into it to get rid of your stuff.
After 2 weeks of training in Taipei, we’ve now moved permenantly to Luodong in Yilan county for the year. Just need to get an apartment sorted out now…