I made it to 9:00 pm and am ready for bed, but since many people have asked about our house and surroundings, I wanted to share some before I fall asleep.
We arrived Thursday night and are getting the lay of the land. Dwight and I went for a run this morning, with the intention of exploring the neighborhood.
The neighborhood is Yangmingshan, a national park in the mountains in Northern Taiwan. We live in a community of 20 homes owned by the US government, but all around us is genuine Taiwanese life.
Inside the steel door to our house, behind Zack is the front door.
Outside the steel door to our house, inside the gate.
Harold opening the front door.
Living room and dining room, Zack is walking into the kitchen.
family room. This is open to the living room and dining room. The desk in the far corner is where I sit to write.
Harold passed out from jet lag at 3:00 on Friday and could not be urged to wake up without intense effort, at 5:30. He ate and bathed, fighting to stay awake the whole time. Back to bed at 6:00
Road cleaner wearing a traditional style Chinese hat, but in bright orange plastic.
Dwight investigating the wall surrounding a local home. Despite the fact that we’ve been told this place is extremely safe, the wall is topped with shards of glass.
shards of glass atop a wall surrounding a home.
the view from the US government owned pool, about a ten minute walk, through a nature preserve park, from our house.
The guard sitting just outside the gate to our house. He is actually guarding the construction site across the street, but moved to the gate, about 15 yards from his original location, after we moved in, and he smiles, says “hi” and sometimes opens the gate for me.
part of our backyard. Watch out for cobras!
Harold in front of the sunroom. Above his head, to his left, is the outside part of an air conditioning unit. The units are in every room and can heat or cool.
More exploring on our run.