The family has gone back to the states. It was a hectic two weeks crammed with visits and meals with friends and relatives that my parents haven’t seen in at least ten years. I took three days off work the second week so I could spend some quality time with them.
We traveled to Ilan, where my mom is from, and saw the beach and sand castles.
We stayed at the Shangri La Leisure Farm Hotel, which was located on top of a mountain, so it had an amazing view with trails throughout the orchards filled with fun surprises like swings and drums on a cliff.
At night, the hotel provided sky lanterns that we could write messages on and send off into the sky.
Back in Taipei, we also did the obligatory trip up Taipei 101, but this time, I got to go out on the 91st floor outdoor observatory. It was always closed all those other times. But there really isn’t much of a view. You mostly see big bars.
All in all, it was a good time. I don’t know when I’ll get to see my parents and brother again. Hopefully, by the end of this year!