Well this has been officially the longest amount of time between blog posts since the beginning of Taiwaneers four and a half years ago. The reason is pretty much the fact that Emily and I no longer live in Taiwan.
In early April we packed up our house, said goodbye to our friends and moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan….yes there is such a place as Kalamazoo. During the process I kept on thinking it would be nice to post about the transition, etc. But, it never happened….until now.
Moving back has been strange
. The culture shock comes and goes. It definitely isn't all at once. I find myself noticing all the green of the trees and yards and open space and being a little amazed. I find myself being a little shocked at how easy it is to accomplish everyday tasks. Like for example when it only took me twenty minutes to compare the differences between the ten or so credit unions here in Kzoo and pick the place I wanted to open an account at. Life in general seems pretty easy.
I really enjoy my new job. I am working for Newmind Group, Inc., on the web at www.newmindgroup.com. We are a managed IT services company that specializes in helping businesses find secure, efficient, valuable, cloud-based IT solutions to help make them successful. I am finding it pretty rewarding and fun work. The office culture and actual work of Newmind makes it a pretty good fit for me.
I do really miss Taiwan. It is a pretty special place. Teaching English was a taxing job at times, but being the cool teacher dude to a whole bunch of kids had some pretty great moments. And this doesn't even count the first four years in Taiwan as a student at MCU. Also, Em and I really miss our church family in Taiwan. And, our other close friends that we left there. And, the beaches and mountains of Taiwan. And, the hot springs. And, the morning and night markets of Taipei…. We still feel kind of like fish out of water here in Kzoo as far as putting a life together. But, I'm confident that will come.
We're both really grateful for the support of our friends and family for our move. It has been wonderful.
I'm not sure if this is the last post I'll make on Taiwaneers, but I am interested in speaking with anyone who is interested in buying the site from us. I'd be willing to consider selling the domain, the content, our YouTube channel, etc., in chunks or as a package deal. Anyone interested can email me taiwaneers.com [at) gmail.com. One of our YouTube videos is actually pretty popular (Youtube search “dmz” and we're #4) and might represent value to someone.