Last time we were back in Taiwan, Zoey was only 3 and Nathan was 18 months old. I didn't explain too much to them that Taiwan is my hometown - that I was born in a hospital here, went to school here, ate different kinds of food as a kid, rode in a scooter all the time when I was their age, and didn't speak English growing up.
It's a little different this time around. The kids are older and their school experiences make it interesting to see and hear about the time when their mama was little too. Growing up, my parents both worked full-time. I spent the first 15 years of my after-school life at my grandparents' house as all the schools I went to are within a 5-8 minute walk away. It brought back so many distant memories when I took my kids on the route I walked everyday to school and bought them the same breakfast, snack and lunch that I LOVED as a kid (all still from the same places/vendors just down the street!) Of course, a lot has changed in this neighborhood too. Like that old, beloved McDonald's that got torn down and moved for the new subway system they were building. I had my first fancy birthday party there in 3rd grade (note: it was considered really expensive to eat at McD's in Taiwan back in the day, and birthday parties were a big deal in my family!)
Anyway :) I love that I get to re-experience the old and discover the new in my childhood stomping ground with my kids. It almost feels a bit surreal. I also feel officially old.
Here are some pictures to share with you all::