I got a text message on Tuesday morning from my friend Esther from Yuli saying she was on her way to Yilan. It was a surprise to hear that that she was coming to visit the principal of the school that I was teaching at. It turns out that he used to be an English teacher in Yuli of all places! He was her high school teacher about 12 years ago. Now he's the principal of a large high school.
After she had lunch with him, the two of us went out for the afternoon. The principal even lent us his car! The great thing about Taiwan is that these kinds of connections happen all the time, but particularly among people from the east coast, which has a lower population.