This feels like the biggest adventure of my life. We left Salt Lake Monday afternoon March 26, had a 9 hour layover in San Francisco and visited with friends of Tom's from college. They fed us a great dinner and showed off all the amazing things they can grow in such a temperate climate...a fig tree, pomengranate, etc. It was a convincing "move here" discussion with the exception of the close to a million dollar price tag of homes. Also explored the Oakland Temple grounds and saw a beautiful view of the city.
They dropped us back at the airport, direct flight left at 1 am Tuesday and arrived 14 hours later at 5 am on Wednesday in Taipei. We took a taxi to one of the two addresses I had written down...but, oops, it was the wrong one. We were taken to the LDS church in Jhong Li, a suburb outside of Taipei and we had intended to go to the English school we'll be volunteering at.
So, with little Chinese on our part, no English on their part, some pointing and guesturing, our benefactor at the English school met us at the church and took us to his school. It's a casual looking space with loads of magazines and books, a little like a small cafe. It’s actually called DaDa school, and they teach 7-12 year olds English after school from about 4 until 8 or so.
We are in an apartment that is 3 blocks from the school, right across from a park,
Adoption update: We aren’t able to visit our own “to be” kids in the orphanage until after the judge’s first ruling, but we did get permission to skype the youngest who is in foster care.