"Do you want to go to Taiwan?", she says. "I have found a Nexus tour on Living Social (one of the discount websites) 9 days for $1799. Includes airfares, accommodation, bus tours, entry fees, tips. Would you like to go?"
At that time, no plans to sell the house and move. Christine was booked for a Mediterranean Cruise with her husband in November. They had no plans to retire and move out of Sydney, we were both just drifting along. Pretty impulsive am I, so I said "why not? Book me in."
At the time I am thinking, where is Taiwan, what's in Taiwan. I had a vague idea it was an island off China that China thinks is theirs -there is occasional political argy bargy between China and America over Taiwan. It is an independent country, with their own currency and government. It was originally settled by Chinese from mainland China who came to farm. After the second world war when the manufacturing revolution hit Asia, everything we purchased was made in Taiwan - did that make me any more knowledgeable about where it was, who lived there, or why you would visit?
I think that is why it appealed to me adventuring into the unknown.
|This is our flight path, Sydney to Guangzhou airport in China.|