Day-to-Day Life in Taipei

My Rooftop Apartment in Taipei

My Apartment in Taipei My mattress sits directly on the raised hardwood floor of the corner of my studio apartment I call my bedroom. The rest of the apartment is white quarry-tiled, but my sleeping area is warmer, cozier…wood, not tile. Each morning at 6:15 my pink Motorola Razor phone … Continue reading

The Expat Experience from Five Different Countries in Asia

The Expat Experience from Five Different Countries in Asia

All 18 of us in the program have been in touch through a Google Group since we left our orientation in San Francisco two weeks ago (today marks the end of two weeks in Taipei). It seems that most of the Scholars are gathering entertaining stories to share. Each time … Continue reading

Sometimes Rolaids Just Aren’t Enough

Sometimes Rolaids Aren't Enough on

Today I went to a special lunch. A lunch in the honor of myself and the other Taiwanese Luce Scholar, E. the Asia Foundation in Taiwan in Taiwan staff wanted to meet us, and we wanted to meet them. This was the perfect opportunity, but let me tell you: sometimes … Continue reading

Diary of Slovenia Day 2: In Photos

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Today, I’ve got a Diary of Slovenia Day 2: In Photos for you. We walked more than seven miles in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on our second day of vacation. We saw manmade waterfalls, dry lake beds, frozen-over lakes, mountains, valleys, skiers, playgrounds, and more. Here’s a photo journal of our … Continue reading

My Very First Bubble Tea

My First Bubble Tea on

As part of my Taiwanese culinary adventures, I’ve now eaten at a street-vendor noodle shop and had my very first bubble tea. The noodles were good, but the tea was fun. 🙂 Bubble tea is a very milky tea (in different flavors) with big tapioca balls at the bottom. The … Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Time Slows Down for the Carosel

Time Slows Down for the Carosel

This is one of my favorites from a photography club outing at the Nürnberg Christmas Market. The carousel is in the children’s market, and it’s two levels! We had a fun night, shooting, and I learned a little more about my DSLR. #travel #photography #night A photo posted by Melissa … Continue reading

Diary of Slovenia: Day 1

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We left our house in Germany this morning at around 8:00 a.m. Once the dogs were settled in at the kennel, we hit the highway for Slovenia, expecting a six-hour travel day. The German Autobahn is famous for high-speed driving. It’s traffic jams, which are called “Staus” in German, are … Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: German Beer Truck

Bier Post Beer Truck at Thurn & Taxes Market in Regensburg Germany on

I fell in love with this antique beer truck (complete with taps on the side) at the Thurn & Taxis Palace Christmas Market in #Regensburg #Germany this year. We went last weekend on a date (22 weeks pregnant in this bump pic), and it was a really good time! #travel … Continue reading

My Very First Day as an Expat

Melissa's Very First Day as an Expat in Taiwan from

  Originally written and published on my blog, A Year in Taipei on September 1, 2006. We’ve been in Taipei for 24 hours now. Here are my first impressions: First, no one seems at all affected by me. I’m one of the only Caucasians I’ve seen all day (a total … Continue reading

This Itinerary Can Help You Plan 9 Awesome Days in Spain

Visiting Bodegas Francisco Gomez on

When we planned our Spain itinerary for our summer vacation, I was surprised by how little information there was online, in English, about visiting Spanish wine country and beaches. When we traveled to Spain, we wanted to mix our time between wine tasting in the Utiel-Requena region and relaxing on … Continue reading

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