Post-Election Post

Post-Election Post

Love trumps hate in Hualien
Finding love-ly signs in Hualien

I’ve been trying to think of things to say. This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life and I’m sure the majority of people who read this blog are feeling somewhat similar, so I don’t need to launch into a rant about my fears and the devastation we have both been feeling. To be brief, Shawn and I have been so depressed this week that it has been really hard to enjoy our trip.

On Wednesday morning (Tuesday night PST), we woke to the very beginning of states being called. The rest of the day played out as you can imagine; I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much. The grief we have been feeling is as though a close family member died, and while I understand the majority of people back home are feeling about the same, being in Taiwan has been very isolating. There are few foreigners here, much less Americans, and to not have anyone to share in this grief, to know that we are mutually hurting, has been very difficult and lonely.

We don’t know what kind of world lies ahead and while we are a bit homesick for friends and family, we are going to keep going. We’re going to try as hard as we can to get through this grief quickly so we can start enjoying our trip again. We are heading to Vietnam tomorrow night and hopeful that a new country will bring a bit of happiness.

So friends, how are you doing? Please reach out to us and tell us how you’re feeling. We want to share in this together so we can all heal and move forward. Also, come visit us somewhere on the road! We miss our friends!

PS. Despite our depression this past week, Taiwan is amazing and we highly recommend it!

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