October in Taiwan: A Review in 31 Pictures

Call me unoriginal, but I love the month of October. Dan asked me to be his girlfriend six Octobers ago; he proposed a lifetime together only two back. Octobers bring things like the state fair and deep-fried snicker bars, pumpkin spiced everything, and the perfect weather for scarves and boots and blazers. And although I wouldn’t have thought it possible, October in Taiwan has amplified my love for this fall month. I think that if it could be October year-round, I would never ever want to leave. I do realize that it is actually November now, but luckily the clear blue skies, decrease in humidity, and cooler weather have stuck around–without adding all the rain just yet. We’ve been quite busy over here, so here is a quick review of the past month (including a bit of November). If you live in or around Hsinchu, there are lots of great day trips here! We apologize in advance for cramming all this Taiwan-goodness into one post when, quite honestly, each subheading could be an article in itself! Motorcycling in Miaoli County We started the month off by packing our bags and heading into the mountains. While I’m pretty sure we exceeded the 5kg weight limit on the cargo rack, we successfully made it out of the city and into we’re-not-exactly-sure-where. We had intended on actually trekking with our bags up a mountain, but ended up finding an idyllic and secluded location to set up our tent just outside the trailhead for the Smangus Trees (really big, old trees). Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to see the trees before the sunset,...

365 Photo Project Completed!

There’s a website out there called the 365 Project. Essentially it challenges you to document a year of your life by taking a photo every day. You can upload your photos to their website, but since we already have our own blog we thought we would take the idea and upload our own photos here. We decided to start the 365 Photo Project now because we just go our new DSLR camera, and of course, we’re living in Taiwan! So for the next year we will be uploading a photo of the day, partially to capture those random and ridiculous adventures we will always remember, and partially to document the daily occurrences that would otherwise be forgotten. Disclaimer: we will go ahead and say now, you aren’t living life if you have internet access everyday. If we fail to get online, don’t fret; we’ll still take the picture of the day and just upload it later! Hope you’ll follow along *Update: We successfully finished the 365 Photo Project! It was ridiculously challenging, and half the time we ended up just taking a picture of random things around the apartment as an afterthought before bed. But we’re still very glad we stuck with the project. It has been very rewarding to look back through our first year of marriage and life in a foreign country.  We encourage you to give it a go! Check out the 366 (it was a leap year) pictures below...

Day 330: Longdong Rock Climbing

It’s no longer a secret that Long Dong is one of our favorite places in Taiwan. World-class rock climbing, scuba diving, hiking, and dazzling seascapes await those who make the trek to the northeastern coastal town. That’s Casey being a bad-ass, enjoying the view while getting in a pretty good workout....