I have been meaning to post all week, but haven't had time (or the organization) at work to do so. In any case, I met up with TC for dinner last night, where we both lamented our lack of postings to our blogs. TC introduced me to the sooner-that-you'll-expect Taipei-renowed Caramelly Caramel ice cream, available for purchase at the Breeze Center. I expect I'll be back soon.
Last Saturday I went to Luodong City in Ilan County. Ilan really is very scenic, and Luodong features a lovely park with all sorts of recreation facilities, including not just a baseball diamond and soccer field, but also a croquet playing field. The gardens are beautifully landscaped, in a very Japanese garden-like way. At each point on the paths, you can reflect upon a new vista. If I lived in Luodong, I would go running (or at least taking my morning constitutional) every day.
Sunday morning I trekked my way up a very tall hill in Tienmu for volunteer orientation at an orphanage. The babies range in age from 0 to 2 years, and with a staff ratio of about one nurse to seven babies, they obviously need volunteers to play, hold, and interact with the infants. I realized during the orientation how lucky my little cousins and I are: we have parents and a multitude of relatives and friends to ooh and ahh over us as children. I think this will be a really rewarding volunteer experience.
Tomorrow, I will be off early in the morning on a weekend trip to Tainan!