Sunday, May 1, 2011

Off we go!

Our flight to Taiwan was without incident, but was terribly long and left us very jet-lagged.  We were 14 hours on the plane over the Pacific Ocean.  The Chinese staff on the plane was very professional and caring.  We left our home at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, left SLC for LA at 11:00 a.m.  We spent several hours in Los Angeles before boarding our flight for Taiwan.  We left the gate at 4:00 p.m. Friday for a 14 hour flight and finally arrived in Taipei, Taiwan at 9:00 pm local time.  After passing through customs and a two hour trip to Taichung we arrived on the mission property at midnight. Ron basically missed all but four hours of his birthday -April 16th due to the time change.  Once we arrived, President Bishop, his wife, the Greene's and the A.P.'s sang happy birthday to him. 

Arriving in Taiwan, welcomed by the A.P.'s (Elder Cocke & Elder Wang)

We finally made it to bed at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning  and woke up 3 hours later to get ready for church.  So much for our first experience of jet lag. Sunday was a nice day, but we probably acted like two zombies. We were very pleased to hear three talks in Chinese.  We understood 50% of the words and basically got the message without the assistance of the translater standing next to the speaker.  It was rewarding for both of us.  

Elder and Sister Greene are the Missionary couple that we are replacing in the mission office.  The Greene's have been most helpful and have done everything to welcome us to our mission.

A picture of us with Elder and Sister Greene
Taichung is very beautiful.  It reminds us of Hawaii.

A picture of us with President and Sister Bishop

1 comment:

  1. Ron and Lola,
    I hope you are okay that Ann Bradshaw passed on your website. My oldest son, Jeff, now almost 41, went to Taipei on his mission. I am seeing a lot more of Taipei than we could when he was there as there was no internet. You are a brave couple. I am impressed that you are understanding so much of the language. Bruce and I know Clark Bishop. We are sure he is a wonderful mission president. We wish you much success.