Homeschooling provides us with the freedom to tailor our children’s education. Although my older daughter started high school at thirteen, we decided to extend middle school an extra year for my fourteen-year-old twin daughters. In their third semester of eighth grade, we completed the Sonlight Eastern Hemisphere Core. Taking an extended holiday break, we traveled to Taiwan for six weeks. Finally, by the third week of January, we were home, had overcome jetlag, and were excited to get back to homeschool. Would you like to see what the twins are studying in their fourth semester of eighth grade?
At the beginning of our first full week in Taiwan, Grammy returned to her teaching duties, and we began exploring Taipei on our own. On Monday, we stayed close to home and wandered through Zhishan Park. Eager for more adventure, we started the following day with a hike up Elephant Mountain. The view was gorgeous. After a restful afternoon, we returned to downtown Taipei to sample delicious street food at the Raohe Night Market.
After achieving success on the trails at Zhishan Park, we felt prepared to venture further from our Airbnb (affiliate link) the next morning. We had heard that the top of Elephant Mountain was the best place to view Taipei 101, which is the tallest building in Taiwan and the fifth tallest in the world. Like most trails in Taiwan, though, the climb up Elephant Mountain was reported to be composed entirely of stairs. Although one girl, who was still acclimating, was reluctant to give it a shot, we all rose to the challenge anyway.
Less than a week into our Taiwan adventure, my husband suggested that we explore trails at Zhishan Park, which was a short walk from our Airbnb. Immediately, I recalled the walk in the park we had taken several days earlier. The “Monkey Trail” we ended up on had consisted of stairs heading straight up a mountain! Exhausted, we had given up. Could we successfully navigate the trails at Zhishan?
Since Taiwan is located in a tropical climate, I looked forward to trying new varieties of fruit during our six-week visit. One of the Taiwanese friends we met at church on our first Sunday suggested several fruits we should look for at the store. What did they look like? Could we even find them?
My husband was thrilled to discover a pear-shaped fruit he remembered from his childhood years in Taiwan. He called it a wax apple or bell fruit. In other countries, it goes by numerous other names: java apple, wax gambuor, samarang rose apple, or makopa.
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For the last few days, I’ve been considering what my One Word for 2020 should be. In 2018, it was trust. I learned so much about trusting God, trusting my family members, and trusting those around me. Last year’s word was UP! When 2019 began, I had no idea how much my kids and I would grow up. We even flew up into the sky and around to the other side of the world. Indeed, it’s been an adventure.
As we prepare to return home, it feels like something of a fresh start. I get the sense that God wants to do something new in our family—as if spending 6 weeks in a foreign country wasn’t new enough! The word on my heart for 2020 is renew.
On our first Sunday in Taiwan, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We planned to attend church in the morning, have a restful afternoon, and eat an evening potluck meal at Grammy’s apartment. What would our day actually be like?
For the past three weeks, We have been so busy exploring Taiwan that it’s tough to carve out time to update the blog. Over the next several months, I’ll continue to share the highlights of our trip. If you want to see our most up-to-date adventures, make sure you follow #Taiwan4theHolidays on Instagram.
When we first explored Zhongcheng Park, which is around the corner from our Airbnb, we were awed by our surroundings but mystified by some of the exercise equipment.
We arrived in Taiwan on the night before Thanksgiving. After gearing up with necessities and exploring a night market on our first day, we explored a nearby park on Friday morning. In the afternoon, we met up with my mother-in-law, who lives three bus stops away from our Airbnb.
Anyone who knows my husband’s mom is aware of her passion for shopping. On our second full day in Taiwan, she introduced us to one of Taipei’s underground malls. Later, we headed to the local cat cafe for a dose of kitty cuteness.