Even though this visit to Taiwan was so short, I had to get to Yilan. My family spent a very eventful year there in 2009-2010. Taking the Fulbright that year planted the seeds of my current career. So the city has special meaning for me. Plus our dear friend Kelly lives in Yilan!
The city hasn’t changed much. The scenery is still beautiful. I love the mountains of Taiwan, and they are clearly visible everywhere in Yilan.
Kelly and I enjoyed a great lunch of local dumplings, my favorite passion fruit green tea, and caught up with our respective lives. Then I went shopping, wandered around the city, and finally went back to Taipei in the evening.
Yilan hasn’t changed a lot since we left four years ago. The scenery is still beautiful. The trail where I ran is still there, and the river and mountains are still breathtaking.