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Let me get you caught up: 

I'm Jacqueline!
He's Sean!

This is our daughter Ruby and fur baby Bubu:
We moved to Taiwan in 2012 for a great adventure and to work at an international school. I teach middle & high school humanities, and he teaches fourth grade. What an adventure we have had over the past 5+ years abroad! We will be leaving Taiwan in July 2018 to move back home to the Pacific Northwest so Sean can finish his graduate program.

After that, we will set off on a brand new international adventure. 

This blog is one of my many hobbies, although after all these years, I really should change its name to boy & girl & baby & dog globetrot! Sometimes, I write about our wonky expatriate lives. I find living in Taiwan gives me a lot of amusing and interesting stories to share. Other times, I write about our adventures overseas. Lots of times, I write about scoot adventures. We own two scooters and have way too much fun exploring Taiwan on them! Other times, I post just to share photos; I have a serious crush on my Canon EOS M and Polaroid. Sometimes, I post a lot because I cannot help myself. My brain is very busy and creative and wordy. Other times, though, being a full time wife and mother and teacher and runner and reader and Gilmore Girls fanatic means that weeks go by with nothing here.

Don't worry though. I am probably still alive. I am most likely cooking dinner or jogging around the track or hanging out with my husband and baby and dog or teaching a bunch of 13-year-old's how to talk like the Greasers from The Outsiders or drinking a really big cup of coffee or scooting through the mountains of Taiwan or reading a good book or watching a movie while chowing down on popcorn sprawled out on our five person couch.

You can definitely expect to hear from me often, though, as we can't leave our scooters sitting too long before taking them out on another adventure! 


NOTE: I get many, many emails every year from people who are moving to Taiwan. Most emails are about practical things like what to pack or how to find an apartment. I always try to respond because I know if I ever reach out to an expat living in a country I am about to move to, I would definitely want a response. However, a lot of people email me about things I know nothing about like how to find an ESL job or a visa. Here are the kinds of questions I can answer: 
  • Employment: I can answer questions about the 10 or so true international schools on the island for professional, certified American teachers 
  • Clothing: I can answer questions about what you can expect to find in terms of western clothing stores and the sizes/costs
  • Climate: I can answer questions about Taiwan's weather and seasons and how to best dress for them
  • Transportation: I can answer questions about buying & owning a scooter and how to navigate the high speed rail, metro, and slow trains
  • Health care & Pregnancy: I can answer questions about Taiwan's universal health care in regards to costs and how the system works, as well as what it is like being pregnant and having a baby in Taiwan
  • Safety: I can answer questions about women's safety and the police
  • Cost of living: I can answer questions about how much utilities, food, gas, and entertainment cost 
  • Pet ownership: I can answer questions about adopting a pet in Taiwan, veterinary costs, and flying a pet out of Taiwan to America 
  • Travel: I can answer questions about sightseeing around Taiwan, although the Taiwan tab should be a great place to start, as well as traveling internationally from Taiwan


  1. Terrific to find your blog! Yay for Pacific Northwesterners with wanderlust. I'll be subscribing to over on Feedly :)

  2. Thanks for commenting on my blog, it's great to come across yours! Good luck with the running :-)

  3. I love that first photo!! The colors are brilliant!

  4. Hi Jacqueline. Love reading your blog! Thinking of coming to Taiwan in March. Any ideas for a quick 3 days in country???

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