Tag: East Asia

October 24, 2014 Tessa Bradford 13 comments

You Should Teach English in Taiwan Teaching in Asia is super easy, and you can make a ton of money. Also, Asia is the best. I keep getting emails about how to move to Taiwan to teach, so I’ve decided to write a series on it. Here’s the first one: Why you should teach English in…

August 5, 2014 Tessa Bradford 9 comments

Top 10 Things to Do in Kaohsiung Kaohsiung is probably my favorite city, ever. It has beaches, sky-scrapers, mountains, and art-walks. It’s a metropolis of neon lights, steel and glass, street carts, temples, and parks. The people in Southern Taiwan are quite possibly the friendliest I’ve ever encountered on my travels. It is a place I…

October 23, 2013 Tessa Bradford 2 comments

Goodbye, Taiwan I said goodbye toTaiwan, after two amazing years. Leaving a place that means something to you is a lot like saying goodbye to a loved one. It’s never easy. But it was the right time. We become so attached to the people, the places, and the phases in our lives. Fears can plague…

August 29, 2013 Tessa Bradford 3 comments

A Roadtrip Around Taiwan I have a checklist of things to do before I leave Taiwan, because my time in this beautiful country is starting to run out. So Karlis rented a motorcycle and we woke ourselves up at 3am one morning to hit the road and travel the island.  Two and a half days,…

June 4, 2013 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

A Little Piece of Home My mom and two younger sisters were all with me last week to see Taiwan. It was kind of amazing to have family around again for a little while. Lotus Lake One of my younger sisters, Maura, has been here since February– and while we don’t always exactly see eye…

January 8, 2013 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

Happy New Year! (2013) So for New Year’s Eve, Nicole and I really didn’t have a plan. We wanted to do something, but we didn’t know what. A few friends were talking about different things but nothing was set in stone, and we didn’t want the night to pass with nothing to say for it. And so…

November 16, 2012 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

Paragliding Lessons Nicole and I learned how to paraglide while we were living in Taiwan. It was a month of crack-of-dawn mornings to practice in the heat of the Taiwanese sun every day for hours before work, and it was so worth it. This is a video of the first week, our first test flights,…

November 15, 2012 Tessa Bradford 1 comment

A Month of Flying Paragliding has been a sometimes exhilarating, sometimes terrifying, sometimes exhausting, but always incredible experience. It all started back in September.  Nicole and I had gone for lunch, and there was another waiguoren (foreigner) in the cafe. Living in a small town means that foreigners typically are friendly to each other, because it’s…

September 5, 2012 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

There’s been a hot air balloon festival in Taidong, over on the east coast, all summer. Nicole and I wanted to go for weeks, but never could make it happen, but had decided that we’d make sure to get out there for the last day. Because surely the last day will be extra big! You…

September 2, 2012 Tessa Bradford No comments exist

Kevin was in Taiwan for a year and a half, and sadly (for us) he’s now moved on to his next adventures (hopping around South East Asia and two months at a Kung Fu camp in China— I’m so jealous!). For the last several months he’s been talking about wanting to go to Kenting to…