Well, I did it. Yesterday was my last day at Shane. Eighteen months of living and teaching in Taiwan is nearly completed. I started telling my classes that I was leaving a few weeks ago so they’d be ready when Neil came. I’ve received many wonderful gifts from my students and their parents, too. A glass candle-holder, a very Chinese-styled butterfly that’s supposed to hang from your rear-view mirror for good luck, rosary beads, a very nice journal from Nicole, a coffee mug with an image of the town of Jiufen on it, and several handmade cards. When you’re feeling down or lonely, maybe you just need a class full of elementary school kids. That, or puppies. They’ll restore your faith in pure, unconditional devotion real fast.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
- Robert Louis Stevenson