It's been a while since our last post and I felt it was time for an update.
The past few weekends we have hung around Hsinchu, mostly relaxing and being with friends, but we have visited a few interesting places.
First, we've found a wonderful eatery near our place that has become our regular Saturday lunch. Mr. Toast offers a wide array of delicious grilled cheese - these aren't your regular grilled cheese, but made with luxurious cheeses that are quite difficult to locate here in Taiwan. They also offer delicious salads that I can't get enough of - who would have thought I'd miss my veggies so much!?
With the nice weather, we've been spending much of our weekend outside, visiting various parks in the area and walking around town. We also have been attending a Writing Club, run by another expat living in Hsinchu. We've met many people though this and continue to build relationships.
This past Sunday we decided to grab a bagel from next door and scoot to a local reservoir. Without a map, we were unable to locate the reservoir via street signs so followed another set of signs to a lake we had never heard of. What a surprise, when we crested a hill to see the lake down below surrounded by a village we were unaware of a beautiful mountains in the background. We walked around the lake, admiring the many gardens farmers had so diligently built. We sat and read a while enjoying the sun and the tranquility of the quiet surroundings.
Because we haven't been traveling as much on the weekends, we've been doing a lot of reading, and studying Chinese. It's been a nice few weeks and we're looking forward to Spring and the warm, sunny weather of our upcoming trip to the Philippines.