Sunday, October 19, 2008

recent pictures

the top photo was taken at the Italian restaurant where we had dinner with our friends in Hsinchu. my friend Brian, who i roomed with in Taiwan 8 years ago, pushed a red envelope with money in it into my hands. giving red envelopes is a Chinese practice for events like weddings. even though this was not a wedding, Brian is no traditionalist. i resisted very properly, and we pushed back and forth. it was funny, two white men in an Italian restaurant, enacting a Chinese custom. Sara was not in good health, but as soon as her friends and students arrived, she was in high spirits.

the bottom photo is a doorway in a temple in Chingshui Geoff and I visited on our bike trip.

the middle photo was taken in the mountains east of Dongshi a couple of days ago.

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