Hello! I’m Marisol and welcome to my blog where I will be documenting my family’s recent move to Taiwan and our future travels.
I’m a Canadian (West Coast gal) of French and French Canadian descent. I’m a teacher by trade, but am currently on maternity leave. I have three beautiful children and an amazing husband. In no particular order: I love to eat good food, drink wine, read books, snuggle with my kids, be around people, salsa dance, play volleyball, and travel. The list could go on…
The travelling itch is in my blood
If you’ve made it this far, than you are aware that this site has to do with travel. The truth is, I love to travel! I’ve spent a considerable amount of time thinking about where this love of travelling and “need-to-move” feeling originates. I’ve had it for as long as I can remember and I think it would be fair to give the credit to my parents.
Prior to my being born, my financially-strapped folks thought it would be a good idea to head down to Mexico. When my parents could afford a ticket, they sent my mother (eight months pregnant). A couple weeks later my dad joined, and soon after that I was born. It seems like they lived the hippie life, following the wind and hitch hiking all the way down to Belize. When I was six months old, my father returned to Canada (they could only afford one ticket) and worked until he could afford my mother’s return ticket with me in tow. I was about six months old when we moved back.
From my return to Canada until I was about 14 years old, I spent summer holidays on mushroom picking camps and tree planting camps. These were my dad’s businesses. My brother and I spent days on end driving across BC and the Yukon. We took small planes and helicopters to camps in the middle of dense forests only to be picked up three weeks later. We saw bears, deer and many more animals. We spent rainy days playing Monopoly and cards in the tent, and sunny days swimming, fishing and exploring the forest. We were always on the move and every trip was an adventure.
I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing upbringing! Thanks Dad. Thanks Mom.
So here I am now, 32 years old and married with three children. The itch to travel again has brought us to Taiwan.
In the fall of 2015 my husband and I consolidated our plans to move abroad. It had been a discussion for a while, but we could never find the right time. Is there really a “right time” though? It’s like when we decided to try for a baby. At that point in time, our daughter Liv was nine (full disclosure moment – Liv is my husband’s daughter from his previous marriage. Put another way, she is the fabulous daughter who entered my life through marriage to her father.), our son Theo was two and I was pregnant. We had always talked about spending my next maternity leave abroad somewhere where the cost of living was lower. The idea being that we would be having an amazing adventure while living off one income and using my Maternity Leave funds to pay down debt.
To be honest, Taiwan was never once on my radar as a place to see. I didn’t know anything about it. In 2008 during an epic layover in Taipei, my then-boyfriend and I did a government-organised free tour for 8 hours. I left Taiwan feeling overwhelmed and never wanting to return. Don’t worry! Keep reading and considering Taiwan…That feeling has changed! I love it here!
Our particular reality, however, with a daughter who splits 50% of her time between two families was challenging. We really wanted Latin America, however our daughter’s mother (who also wanted to move abroad) had solid opportunities in Beijing. We focused our efforts in Asia and thus Taiwan became a thing.
So this is where we are. We’re a young family of five living in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Loren’s working as a high school Art and Math teacher while I’m home with the kiddlywinks, being a mom and documenting our adventure.
Thanks for tuning in!