Sitting at Taoyuan airport…

Waiting to board the flight out of Taiwan.

After breakfast, I was able to visit my friend in the hospital and get my medical records before checking out of the Fullerton South ( love that hotel!) and being driven (no traffic, uneventful ride) to the airport.

It occurs to me how much more civilized many processes are here, especially those where you have to spend money! At the hotel, check-in was a breeze and they gave me express check out. The room contained a lovely fruit plate (kiwi, banana, asian pear), water, coffee and tea. Breakfast was delicious and as I pulled away from the Fullerton, I felt I’d come full circle: this is where I stayed my first month in Taiwan.

At the airport, check in/security/immigration processes are much friendlier. The Asiana agent that checked my luggage in was gracious about the slight overweightness. Luckily I’d planned for my carry on to be overweight and pulled enough stuff out and into my extra satchel that I was able to proceed to security.

I’d forgotten that I had an aerosol can in my carry-on but the agents were kind and actually let me use the hairspray again before confiscating it and LOGGING it. TSA, take note!

They did, however, miss my 3-plus ounce can of Mr. Brown coffee, oops!

The immigration officer seemed genuinely sad that I would not be returning to Taiwan.

The only thing keeping me from crying my eyes out is hearing the happiness in my Dad’s voice when I talked to him yesterday. His final chapter is starting, as is my next one.

Goodbye for now, Taiwan.

Day 1 am

It’s amazing how good 6 hours of sleep in a HORIZONTAL position feels! After unpacking last night, I sleep like a log! 0630 comes way too early but yet, I was up and headed down to my first Taiwanese breakfast: rice with corn, olives, and tuna – yum! Lots of fried things (tofu, “wheat cake”, something that looked good but I have no clue what it was). They serve a green salad for breakfast, along with fish, an assortment of side dishes (I recognized seaweed) that looked interesting. NOTE: must try new country’s breakfast foods! Thank goodness I’d packed some oatmeal. And I’m eating chocolate like there’s no tomorrow! I worked out in the “gym” (free weights and some cardio equipment). It took me a minute to figure how to get to floor 13, where the gym is located; the elevator only goes up to 12! (Kinda like how I’m feeling this morning.) There’s a rooftop garden even (see below). Wishing I had grabbed my camera from my bag and taken pics on the way from the airport to the hotel last night….oh well. Time to get ready for my first day of WORK!!

Another view from the roof of the Fullerton

Taipei as seen from rooftop garden

 

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As for me, I will take the road less travelled…