12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home
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12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home

Taiwan really is overlooked both as a tourist destination and as a place to call home. This little known island in the Pacific Ocean is rarely recognised as independent from China but it is an entirely different place and environment. So here’s our run-down of 10 excellent reasons why moving to Taiwan could improve your … Continue reading

There’s a Place in my ‘Art for Love Café
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There’s a Place in my ‘Art for Love Café

There has always been a place for Love Café in our hearts, ever since we did our first language exchange there when we first came to LuoDong. We often take an amble there for black iced coffee or fruit tea when we have a spare hour or so, and on our must recent trip we … Continue reading

Jinyang Waterfall: a waterfall so secret…
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Jinyang Waterfall: a waterfall so secret…

Jinyang waterfall is infact so super secret, that I didn’t even take a picture. This was a crafty plan on our part to preserve the waterfall’s secret-ocity, and certainly not a cock-up on my part. Honest. Jinyang waterfall is little known, but completely stunning. Hidden away near Nan’ao in Yilan County, the waterfall spills aimlessly … Continue reading

Shuanglienpi: Here bee Rivers and Mountains…
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Shuanglienpi: Here bee Rivers and Mountains…

In Taiwan, there are days where getting out of the sun is essential, and today was one of those days. Our language-exchange took us to Shuanglienpi; a streamy-mountainous area west of Yilan. A Google search (in English) will tell you very little, and you won’t find it in Lonely Planet either. To the locals, however, … Continue reading

Learning Mandarin: Our First Language Exchange
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Learning Mandarin: Our First Language Exchange

As Westerners in Taiwan with no language other than English and some mild smatterings of French and German, and absolutely no ability to correctly pronounce Chinese words from a phrase book, we pretty swiftly realised that learning Mandarin so we can actually get by in life was high priority. As poor, unpaid teachers in LuoDong … Continue reading