Or: long time no see!
It's been a while since my last post, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. On the contrary. But it's nice to be busy. What kept me so busy?
Lecture at the National Chengchi University
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to give a presentation at the National Chengchi University in Taipei. I was invited by the department of Land Economics to give their students a lecture about Dutch urban and spatial planning (Thanks professor Tzu-Chin Lin and Hsiu-Yin Ding!). It was also a nice opportunity for me to get to know more about the Taiwanese land economics.
The professors first showed me around the campus and the area surrounding the University. I was so fortunate that they had the whole afternoon with me to show me around and to share their information. They really made me feel welcome. Around four in the afternoon I had the lecture. There were around 50 students in total. And their English level was very good, so that wasn't a problem at all. The Taiwanese culture is different in some aspects. Dutch students love to ask questions and discuss with the professor. Taiwanese students are more shy in that way. But after the first student asked a question, it made it easier for the rest to follow.
After the lecture, professor Lin invited us all to get a bite and some coffee afterwards. Jennifer also joined and we had some nice time afterwards. It was nice to be able to talk about my profession again and to meet some new friends!
With Tyler in Thailand for work, my study pal (and good friend) is gone for a few months, so I decided to continue study by myself. Instead I'm focusing on writing Chinese. I must say it is a lot of fun! It takes a lot of time though to learn how to write. With over 5000 characters I don't expect to be able to write them all soon. But step by step I'll get there. Every week I'm learning around 15-20 new characters. The trick is to try and remember them all. And that just takes practice, practice and a little more practice. At this moment I'm able to write around 120 characters. Only a few more thousand to go!! As my teacher always says, 慢慢來..
Big news from my brother, they are having a second son! I'm so happy for them, but hopefully his two boys won't be as busy as my brother was when he was young! He was always flying around like a busy bee. But I look forward to see my new nephew in a few months.
Jennifer is busy with her work, very busy! This month she had to work overtime almost every day and had to go to the office on every Saturday as well. Next week she has a big meeting with all the officials in Japan for which she had to prepare a lot things. In that respect I look forward to the period after December when she is less busy. But I'm happy with every moment we get to spend together.
I wish you all well and will conclude this update with some random photos taken during the last few months. Until my next blog!
One of the typical Taiwanese sweet snacks. These are sweet potatoes made even sweeter.
Halloween at my English School. A nice opportunity for the kids to dress up and get a lot of candy. Because Halloween is not typical in Taiwan, my school provided candy to some shops around the school on forehand where they could go trick or treat.
You should have seen some faces of the kids when they walked in with a smiley face and then saw me.. With the younger kids I had to take of my mask to ensure them I wasn't really a monster.
View from our apartment with the sun setting. Never can get enough of this view!