Sunday, October 19, 2008
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.