So, I’m behind on my Greta updates.
The good news is that she is still in Taiwan. And she is still eating.
Greta frequently posts pictures to our family group chat. In many of these, she is eating. Regardless of where you find yourself on this planet, you are going to need a meal. Ironically, Greta is one of our more picky eaters. So I find humor in her enthusiasm for foreign food. Like salmon sushi that takes like BBQ.
Or Japanese curry, shaved ice with fruit, and kiwi tea.
But she is beginning to pine for the things of home. She is already requesting fried chicken, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and sweet tea. Which she would like to eat in an air conditioned room.
Her job has been demanding, requiring a blend of long hours, foreign language skills, and diplomatic negotiations with 30 American teenagers. I’m exhausted just thinking about that work load. She was given a day off last week and she took the opportunity to travel to one of her favorite islands.
Angela asked a clever question, “Isn’t all of Taiwan an island?” Greta responded that Angela had actually asked a very political question. She gave us some Wikipedia reading which explains that Taiwan is actually comprised of approximately 166 islands. Including the island of Taiwan. Which may come in handy at a future trivia night.
Despite the oppressive heat and humidity of a tropical island, Greta is making the most of the opportunity to travel.
She stumbled upon a dozen elaborate sand castles on the beach. This sure beats what I can do with a bucket and shovel.
A few other interesting discoveries. She found the historic British Consulate which is now a museum. Personally, I would search for its modern equivalent or the American Consulate first. I find it comforting to be around people who speak the same language. I like to know what they are saying about me.
She continues to find keepsake items with interesting English statements.
Some have questionable translations. “May the love around you forever?” Just off the mark.
Coffee mugs are some of the most humorous finds.
Although, I particularly like the phrase “Happy Smile Day”. That’s a keeper.
One last funny story. She was walking around a market and had an odd interaction with a local Taiwanese man.
He came up to her and said, “Buenos tardes”. Which is baffling. I’m not sure she gives off a Spanish-speaking vibe. In the past, locals have assumed that she is Russian.
She responded with, “午安”. Which means “Good afternoon“.