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My partner and the kids went to Saint Petersberg Russia

Adventure with the kids

My Partner took the kids to Russia in the fall. As usual tickets off season are pretty affordable.
So the packing started and each child has his own back-bag. The most important is to have warm clothes
that are also easy to carry. Lucky that my partner had the sense of shopping that he shopped for special clothes for cold weather
The kids at first were not excited because I am not going with them. However I assured them that this trip will be full of adventures.
So the kids went on, had 11 hours of travel time in which they slept and watched movies. The first problem they encounter once being there
is the hotel that we are supposed we booked doesn't exist. Well it looks like there is an IT service where provide Beds however could the terminology
that we use is Fraud. So with the help of locals Bader and the kids found another hotel.
Their first day in Saint petersberg Russia was full of adventure...They went to on a boat tour around the city. From Yuliya's point of view, it was raining, cold but I could see smile on her face from the pictures and the videos.
I will upload more pictures as I go on

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WE LOVE TAIWAN

CAN'T WAIT UNTIL WE GO VISIT AGAIN.....

We stopped on hulian city where we bought ticket to Taroko national park. It is a must experience with waterfalls and mountains that you don't see the end of them and the color of the rivers are blue greenish beautiful.... Many tunnels and we hulled 2.1 km until we got to the cave that has the watt fall. Yury has surprise that he met his Chinese friend "momo" that we saw 2 days before in Tainan. Yury's wish came true of seeing his friend again. We met another travelers from china and Venezuela Irene she is professor at Huston university and she is traveling in Taiwan and Helen and Michael are Chinese from south China that traveling in Taiwan we had such an amazing experience with them traveling through the National park. We are going to catch the train to Yilan our last stop before heading back to our host family in Taichung. Today we are in Yilan big city with very vibrant night market we are staying in very cheap hotel that cost $40 and it is in the heart of the town with train station walking distance. Bader and Emma met two girls from This local city last night that they offer to show us around in Yilan City. Just to note Taiwan has 30 million population with the most advance technology and trains that run all over the country with very affordable price. Also the food is great and very cheap. If I have the chance to live here I don't need to think again about cooking. Lunch box on the train cost $2 that include rice, pork, vegetables, egg. My children liked the lunch box at the train so much that now I have to do the same lunch back in Los Angeles.
We loved roaming through the city and we had the best breakfast made with eggs and rice floor. We ate until we couldn't move. We walked with Rachel and Jasmine around the city and we went to a nice coffee place called 1988 where we had the best tea ever. 3 different kinds of tea one made with herbs and the other made with Apple, lemon, lime and tomato. The kids ate waffles with the great design ever. Just to note Taiwanese people are the nicest people you can ever meet. They are helpful, generous, hospitable, and will do anything to let you feel welcome. I and my family feel humble and grateful to visit this country and meet all these nice people. Finally, while the kids and Bader with the host family enjoyed swimming in their indoor swimming pool I and Emma after encouragement from my host took a taxi and went to the night market of Taichung. Oh mine I am happy we did it. I and Emma shopped around for beautiful clothes that are very cheap. And ate delicious snacks of sausages and sweet potato. We love Taiwan,,,,,,
And we love to visit again.

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Taiwan adventure

hot spring.....

We moved to our next destination getting a train 2 hours train from south to the west of Taiwan. We found the hostel and the owner told us where to go and which activities we can do Taitung is small town but has beautiful beach and forest. We rented bikes and went for 2 hours ride in the forest. Yury, Emma and Bader had Their own bike and I and Yuliya had our bike. Renting the bikes were just less than $20 for all 4 bikes with unlimited time. We ate sweet potato that is fried but not heavy was so delicious that the kids ate 3 bags. Then we went and had dinner at small place with the best soup. And also we had some dumplings and fried bread. At night we went back to the hostel where I couldn't go to sleep for mosquito and the heat...stayed at the lobby until 4:30am studying economics....
The next morning we took the train to different town where we stayed at coconut hot spring hotel it cost 40 for 5 people in a nice place. They have spa room in our bath house. However we discovered that 5 minutes up from the hotel they have hot spring for bathing. The place is in the middle of the mountains but accessible by train. The food is great they have variety of rice with meat.
April 27 we took off to another town called Seth town where we are staying at huge farm house that is converted to hotel next to huge water fall and also in the middle of the forest. Everything is accessible by train and the trains are very cheap
Cost about $6 for all 5 of us.

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TRAVELING TO TAIWAN

12 days in Taiwan

April 19 we left Los Angeles airport heading to Taiwan. We were super excited since it is our first encounter with Asian country. After 14 hours flight that I am happy I slept majority of the time. To note the kids watched endless movies. So we arrive in southern China province then we have to wait 5 hours yo get our second flight to Taiwan airport. At the airport we ate some traditional Chinese dumpling, tofu with mushrooms, Yury, Yuliya liked the shrimp dumpling. We roamed the airport to kill some time. Finally, we took 2 hours flight to Taiwan. It was very obvious from the people encounter with us that they like foreigner and especially that we are a family. At the airport everyone looked at the kids and couldn't believe that we have 3 children. Yuliya was the star where everyone wants to touch her hair and talk to her. I didn't know that my children will turn into celebrity in Taiwan. We exchange some money in the airport and took bus to chingou where our host family lives. After using other people phone we got hold of our host and someone give us a left to the station we finally been picked by Our host Vernon to their house. Oh mine feels so good to be home with Laura, Vernon, and Channing the food that was waiting for us was great soup, noddles, mushrooms, some other food that I have no idea what is the name but delicious. Our host family house is huge they have swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and many facilities that are part of their house. In order to get over our jet lagged we swim in the pool and went to the sauna. Then Bader and Emma went to the Night market while I and the kids stayed and slept. The next morning we were ready to start our day with hiking. I forgot to mention that we met another couch surfing family at my house family from Canada. Tom and his son Edwardo. All of us went 2 hours away north into the mountains where the temperature dropped to 7 C. The hike was beautiful however we couldn't survive more than half an hour in this cold. We stopped at the sheep fair where some organizer from New Zealand arrange a fair for showing sheeps and horses. The kids loved roaming around where I and Laura enjoyed a game called 5 in a row. In this game two players play using either black stones of white stones to put in blackboard sheet and the rules are that you have to block the other candidate of creating 5 in row. We ate more noodle soup and hot dogs with garlic. Just to note that the food is delicious and very cheap.
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Heading to Tawian

Our first Adventure in Asian Country

So as usual I always find cheap tickets in advance....this time I was lucky to be able to find the tickets and also have a couch-surfer family
in Tawain. So we will be staying total 11 days in Tawain.....I feel that it will be such a great adventure....with so many things to see and so many things to do....from street night markets, to field filled with tea, beautiful beaches in the south.....We are looking forward to start our Journey....
again we packed very light each person has his own bag......
I will continue the update wit pictures once we arrive there......Airport here we come......

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