Monday, December 31, 2007

The New Year!


Greetings from 2008! In about four hours, we should be walking South from Fulong. I need sleep.

Earlier, we met up with the all-encompassing David Schultz for an unforgettable New Years celebration. Fireworks blasted off from the world's tallest functional building for several minutes as we drank beer atop a Taipei apartment complex. An estimated 400-thousand were present in the surrounding blocks of the towering Taipei101 building.

We met a whole bunch of English teachers that came from abroad to spend a year or two or lifetime in Taiwan. A fun evening for all.

Happy trails in 2008 -- not just physical ones. I have no idea where we're sleeping tonight.
Peace on Earth!

5 Comments:

At December 31, 2007 at 4:27 PM , OpenID fefifooooyi said...

Jeff,
my brother, my blood, i'm excited for you and proud of what you are doing. it is amazing what a man you have become. take in as much as your can, learn from everything around you. and be safe, well, just safe enough to stay alive. cause' lets face it, if you were being 100% safe, you wouldn't be on the other side of the globe hiking 260 miles.
have the time of your life, and i'll see you when you're back on this side.
-Yi Chen

 
At January 1, 2008 at 12:58 AM , Blogger Colleen Patricia said...

Hi Jeff,
Glad we got the chance to help you ring in the New Year and launch your new path (at least for the next 20 days) accross Taiwan. I'll be keeping track of your trip.
Hugs,
Colleen
(One of those weird English teachers from last night.)

 
At January 2, 2008 at 7:48 AM , Blogger Colin said...

Jeff,
what is up man. This is such a great journey, can't wait to hear the stories of the crazy times you will have. Adventure is almost certain when you fly half way around the world to your cultural roots and walk across a subtropical island. But, each day is a surprise, and no one knows what they hold.

A lot of people fear travel because they know not what evil the unknown place may hold. They imagine something bad might happen. But what they forget, is all the good that will certainly happen. And all the bad is insignificant in this light.

Peace and well wishes from your world traveler friend.

Colin

 
At January 2, 2008 at 1:20 PM , Blogger lost dolphin said...

happy new year son kill the walking game in taiwan and heres a poem by a favorite author named rumi

"This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy , a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!!
Even if theyre a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honrably
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in, BE grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

 
At January 3, 2008 at 8:16 PM , Blogger Jack said...

Jeff,
Happy New Year. I am glad you made it to a party with friends and the 101 firework show. You are lucky. I am sure it was a very unforgetable New Year's party in your life.

Jack

 

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