Kaohsiung and the South

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We stayed the first night, Jan 12, 2004, in the Taipei downtown YMCA hotel. We left early the next morning by air to Kaohsiung in the south of Taiwan. Everything was well organized and our bus rides were particularly fun with stories especially from Bishops McDonald, Shahan, and Swing.

In lobby of Taipei YMCA hotel waiting for bus to airport

On bus to Taipei airport. Our bus rides were full of fun

Julia Liu, of Diocesan office teaching us some Chinese

The Grand Hotel in Kaohsiung where we stayed for two nights

Orgainzational meeting with Bishop David Lai in charge

Intently listening to David

At activity center of the Grand

From another view
The Taiwanese serve wonderful meals, always on a round table with a "Lazy Susan" to facilitate the passing of food. It was usual that for both lunch and dinner our meals consisted of from 9 to 12 courses.
Lunch at the Grand

Always too much food

Great food
We were taken by bus, a wonderful bus and driver, to a large down town hotel for a wedding reception dinner the day after the wedding for friends of the bride. Parents of the bride are good friends of the Lai's. Click
Wedding pictures

Bishops and spouses

Jim Waggoner carrying chair from photo session

Spouses with their activities

Jovial Bishop Bob Shahan on bus ride. Very photogenic.
We went by bus to the China Steel Company, a large industrial site with modern equipment. It was started about 30 years ago with help from the American Steel Company. Click
China Steel tour

Another bus ride to the Kaohsiung Harbor. These bus rides were always a joy with the good companionship and humor. Click
Boat tour

St. Paul's in Kaohsiung

Bishop David, Grace Liu & Rev Michael Liu

Rev. Samuel Liao

St. Paul's at night
Susan taught the spouses Chinese knot tying
Susan and Samuel Liao+

Chinese knotting

Rev Samuel at All Saints in Kangshan

All Saints has a kindergarten

Rev Samuel and Susan
We took a long bus ride from Kaohsiung to Tainan to visit Grace Episcopal Church. Grace runs an impressive kindergarden. Click to see
Grace Episcopal in Tainan

More stories way back to Kaohsiung

+Mark, on how he escaped eating rotten shark fin

The Swings are swinging

No takers for Bitter nuts
Our last night in Kaohsiung was spent at a Thai restaurant as guests of St. Timothy's. It was also the entry of Bishop Mark of Alaska into his 2nd half century. Click to see
+McDonald birthday party

Pictures and web page by
Richard Schori