I'm a Social Studies teacher and single mom from Colorado and have lived here for 9 years. Taiwan is an excellent base for us explore Asia, while living in relative (gun free) safety, while benefiting from a cheap and efficient national health care system. The people are amazing too. I have friendships that are 14 years old and I'm always making new ones.
Happy Belated birthday Taiwan. My class decorated a wall all based on the Taiwan flag. We had a beautiful summery Wednesday off where I went to my friend's rooftop BBQ, complete with kiddy pool, garden, great company and hammocks.
Its not exactly the 4th of July, but I appreciated the midweek break. As I was taking my hammock making friend to the beach from our rooftop BBQ party, a car full of young Taiwanese were waving a gigantic red flag from their car and my friend (who is married to a Taiwanese woman) starts yelling fanatically, "I love Taiwan, go Taiwan!" To which the young men in the car explode with cheering. It was a fun 10/10. Last year we went to Tokyo for a long weekend, so it was nice to be here, with friends and support this most interesting process of Taiwanese sovereighty.