Friday, May 23, 2008

San Fransisco - Part 1

As most of you know, we are back in the states for a short visit. The main reason for our return was to apply for a resident visa. PRAISE THE LORD! - we were just approved, so now you all can pray that we can find a good deal on tickets! :o) The other reasons were to visit churches, family, and friends. We arrived on US soil on April 24th in San Fransisco. We were able to spend about 5 days with some of our close friends, Phil and Rachel Bennicoff. We had a GREAT time!! While out there we were also able to see Tad's youngest brother, Tyler, who is in the Navy and was able to go on leave.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Tyler, Tad, and Hannah

Rachel and Hannah

Phil and Rachel

One of the many people doing tricks and acts to make some money ... people like the "bush man" ;op

Pier 39

The sea lions

Tyler, Tad, and Hannah at church Sunday AM

Casey and Tyler with the "Navy man"


Dragon dance

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Familiar Places in a Not so Familiar Surrounding

Since we have been back in the states, many people are surprised when I tell them of all the different "familiar" places we have in Taiwan. People just don't seem to comprehend that it IS a very westernized FIRST world country. We have many convenient places, and have learned to love many new "native" places.
I've also had people ask about grocery shopping. Most of the items I buy do have Chinese characters on them, but many times they also have English on them or are a familiar enough brand for me to know what it is. I still have a number of things that I cannot get there though, but we make do! :o)

Not to mention that we have Subway, Domino's Pizza, just received a Coldstone and Burger King, and we have MANY name brand clothing stores in the malls and surrounding shops.