Nǐ hǎo! (Hello!)

Nǐ men hǎo everyone! (That means hello in Chinese) I’m so excited to be moving to Taiwan and I’m very happy that you are interested in reading about my  travels.
I have a one way ticket from the US to Taipei which leaves on December 16, 2012. It seems like no time, but I have a lot to do until then. You know, the usual stuff: packing, cleaning, selling furniture, graduating college…no big deal.

This blog is a way for me to track and share my photos, stories, and adventures with my friends and family here in the United States. Even though I won’t have much to post until December, you can go ahead and sign up for e-mail alerts  by clicking “follow” at the bottom of this page. That way, you’ll get an e-mail every time I add an update to this blog and you’ll never miss any cool pictures or exciting stories.

Taiwan is a small country, especially compared to the United States. Taipei (the city I’ll be flying into) is it’s capital and the City I will be living in is called Chiayi (sometimes its also spelled Jiayi or Chia-i). Can you find it on the map?

Chiayi is a lot like Charlotte, NC (my home town) in that it’s a growing city located halfway between the mountains and the beach with great weather and a lot of fun things to do in the city itself. With a crime rate less than half of Charlotte’s, it’s both a fun and safe place to live.

Taiwanese people mostly speak Chinese,  but many speak Taiwanese as well. A good handful will also speak English (thank goodness!) and a few will know a phrase or two in Japanese.  Phew! That’s a lot of languages!

Its hard to believe that I have just over a month left in the United States! I’m a little nervous for such a long flight but I’m excited to see a whole new part of the world and meet lots of new people. I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my adventures. So long for now!




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