Greetings from Abroad!

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Hello from Taipei!

I know that it has been a long while since I’ve been here and you may be wondering why the complete silence. So, let me explain…

For the past 6 months, I’ve been busy preparing for my year abroad, from researching, getting paper work completed to finally packing! I feel blessed that my profession allows me to take time for myself to rest, reflect, rejuvenate and grow.

I’m really excited that I’ll be combining my love for travelling, meeting new people, and embracing new cultural experiences with my passion for learning during my sabbatical. To be precise, I’ll be learning Mandarin and getting deeper into yoga! In fact, my travel abroad adventure began in The Big Easy (New Orleans) last month already where I completed my Kids Yoga Teacher Training with an amazing Canadian trainer, Aruna Kathy Humphrys of Young Yoga Masters, and a wonderful supportive like-minded group of American classmates. Sightseeing in New Orleans and eating tons of mouth-watering Southern food has always been on my bucket list, and I’m happy I checked that off!

Fast forward to now, I’m currently living in Taipei. I flew here a week ago and am slowly getting over jetlag and settling into my new home. I’ve enrolled in a university program to learn Mandarin for foreigners at the National Taiwan University, and am looking forward to beginning class next week!

While Taipei will be my home base for the next 12 months, I also have some travel plans for New Zealand, Australia, Bali and other places that I’ve yet to decide on.

Quite a few people asked me before I left if I’m afraid to be travelling solo and not know anyone in any places I’ll be going to, and to be honest, there are moments when I doubt myself and get scared. However, for the most part I’m absolutely thrilled to embark on this adventure of a lifetime and to fulfill some of my dreams. I only think of the positives. I had a beautiful memorable time in New Orleans and met friends whom I know I’ll keep in touch for life. The beginning of my travel adventure in New Orleans was definitely a promise of yet more wonderful things to come. 🙂

One of my good friends shared this quote with me: “To travel alone is to get lost on purpose, in order to be found.” I hope this quote will inspire me to find my own true path as I travel physically, mentally and spiritually throughout some parts of the world.

I can’t wait to share my everyday travelling/learning adventures and bucket list with you and thank you for being part of my journey here!

Stay tuned!

XO, Violet

Some very thoughtful items I've received from dear colleagues and friends (THANK YOU!), or I bought on my own for my year abroad that I've packed with me. :)

Some very thoughtful items I’ve received from dear colleagues and friends (THANK YOU!), or I bought on my own for my year abroad that I’ve packed with me. 🙂

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Greetings from Abroad!

  1. Hi Violet! I love this quote you shared, “To travel alone is to get lost on purpose, in order to be found.” I hope you have an amazing time abroad, and always get lost (on purpose!) Lol
    Happy Trails. xoxo

    • I’ll try to work on one on food soon. I’m still in the process of working on my “Southern Food” post from my New Orleans Trip in July in between studying, exploring and settling into my daily life here. 🙂 Stay tuned! xo

  2. Hello Violet!
    I’m sorry to have missed you between trips. I’m glad you’re back to blogging. I can relive my own years abroad by reading your experiences. I already got the travel bug from this first post! Have no fears about travelling alone. Yes, you will reflect, see and do marvellous things, but you will also meet incredible people along the way and some of them will be “helpers” in different ways throughout your spiritual journey. Enjoy!
    Sandra

    • Hey there! Yes, I’m sorry too. I just literally ran out of time back home prepping and getting ready for year away to see you. 😦 Thank you for keeping in touch here and for your reassuring and encouraging words, my dear friend! See you soon here! 🙂 xoxo

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