As many of you know, I left California for Taiwan exactly a month ago.

It feels like a long time, departing for Taiwan. It had really been an incredible month, the most riveting, experience-filled, sleep-deprives month since the trip around the world. I was running on fumes the entire time, there may have been one night in there when I got more than 8 hours of sleep (the night returning from Taiwan). I was jetlagged for probably about 10 days. I got drunk 4 or 5 times. I drank a ton, perhaps more than any time except the seven days of drunkedness-pamplona-fete le vin-love parade craziness. It wasn’t just getting drunk, but 2-3 drinks every night for almost the entire trip.

I talked in French with a French girl (not to mention with a Taiwanese girl too), approached uncountable numbers of girls and guys, probably destroyed one of my Kansas friendships, went on a date, hung out with friends from San Francisco, USC, Couchsurfing, Kansas, UCI, and made numerous new ones, and saw fireworks for New Year’s at the tallest building in the world, and then saw an even greater sight, from barely a football field away, as the first black man, and first person I wholeheartedly supported, become the President of the United States.

I saw many of my best friends and other good friends all in unexpected places. With one exception, I think I left all those friendships stronger than before.

As I relaunch this blog (again), I will reminice on each of these trips. For now, click here to see some photos, courtesy Kohei, of my time in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

What a month. 2009 has started with a bang.

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