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Andrew and I were watching Anthony Bourdain’s Layover: Taipei edition the other night. It was so fun to watch because it brought back great memories from my trip last year. Memories of food and places I’d visited. At one point, Anthony brought up Maokong gondola rides. As soon as it came up, Andrew asked if I had any pictures from there. YES I do! So this is to prove to Andrew that I rode up the mountain side.

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I thought of another story from Taiwan!

One morning my mom and I were walking through an university. I can’t think of the name now or how we ended up there but it was a beautiful campus and we stumbled upon a couple of graduates. They were standing in front of this beautiful building, all lined up in their caps and gowns waiting for their picture to be taken. So I stood there to watch the photographer in action. Isn’t that what everyone does? We like to watch a group of people get their picture taken? Or is that just me? Anyways, the photographer gets behind his camera, looks through the viewfinder and goes “Aaaaa…. Bbbbbb….” and all the college graduates go “Ccccccc…..”

HAHA I’d never heard that before and thought it was hilarious!

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Who’s excited for Halloween? I have big plans for the weekend involving a Frankenstein puppy dressed up as a bear as we go trick-or-treating with my nephews. My nephews are 11 and 9 now. Do you think they’re too old to have their aunt and uncle go with them? The best part of halloween is after they’re done trick-or-treating, I get to raid all their candy and keep the chocolates for myself 🙂

I’m also meeting up with some local Arcanum friends and shooting the Arlington Cemetery. Love the cemetery at this time of the year. The trees are beautiful and thought it would be fitting considering the holiday.

Here are three things that I was grateful this week:

  1. Home for all the fall leaves to be changing. Love this time of year 🙂
  2. Loving this year’s Dynamic DC calendar. They’re almost sold out!
  3. This makes me laugh.
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When I go to Taiwan I love to get my hair washed at the hair salon. You can’t do that in the states without getting a haircut or something but you can get your hair washed for less than $5 USD. It’s like a hair wash and head massage all at the same time and I LOVE getting my head massaged. So really it’s a dream and then have they blow dry and style your hair for you after all is done.

This one particular time I was talking to the guy who was washing my hair, just small talk stuff but he could tell I’m not from Taiwan. He asked where I was from and I said America. He immediately goes “ohh Kobe Bryant!” and I was like, “yes Kobe Bryant! Do you know how to say anything else in English?” He didn’t. HAHA

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I know Ive said it before but I’ll say it again that it feels good to be home. The past week I spent a lot of time editing photos and just resting. I’m pretty sure I slept more this past week than I have this past month.

Here are 3 things I was grateful for:

  1. My bed- although I don’t remember this ever happening before 
  2. Catching up with my Arcanum cohort and welcoming a new apprentice!
  3. Spending time working on my Taiwan photos like this one- a typical scene of Taipei streets.

Have a great weekend <3