Serendipity

Our friend took us for a prayer walk in a neighborhood next to hers, and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The district is called Triangle Lane (三角里). Unlike other districts in Dalin (大林) which are poorer, this area is very well-kept and even touted as Xanadu (世外桃源) by some bloggers who toured Taiwan on bike. Here are some pictures of what the place looked like. The Lord gave us not only an opportunity to serve Him, but a chance to refresh ourselves while serving. Praise the Lord!

Triangle Lane is in the midst of rice fields, green in the Spring and golden in Autumn.

Triangle Lane is in the midst of rice fields, green in the Spring and golden in Autumn.

Many houses have murals. Some have large yards which are kept very clean.

Many houses have murals. Some have large yards which are kept very clean.

Mango trees. Too bad it's not the right season!

Mango trees. Too bad it’s not the right season!

Taiwan's climate is such that you find beautiful flowers everywhere year round.

Taiwan’s climate is such that you find beautiful flowers everywhere year round.

Fruits are also abundant. Bananas grow along the foot paths.

Fruits are also abundant. Bananas grow along the foot paths.

We came across a quaint "home stay" (文宿), with 3 bedrooms for rent on the ground floor and the owners live upstairs.

We came across a quaint “home stay” (文宿), with 3 bedrooms for rent on the ground floor and the owners live upstairs.

Elaborate artwork on the door leading to the backyard.

Elaborate artwork on the door leading to the backyard.

Backyard of the "home stay".

Backyard of the “home stay”.

Country road at back of "home stay".

Country road at back of “home stay”.

Fish pond in backyard.

Fish pond in backyard.

Japanese style bedroom with modern bathroom.

Japanese style bedroom with modern bathroom.

Bamboo hut in nearby park

Bamboo hut in nearby park

Sugar cane park

Sugar cane park

Home-stays are an economical alternative to hotels. This particular one is a bed-and-breakfast place with clean, modern facilities. The cost is NT$1,600 (C$64) per night for a single person occupying one room, or NT$2,400 (C$96) per night for a couple. Breakfast includes eggs laid by hens in the farm, and fresh vegetables picked from the patch at the end of the backyard. Not bad eh!

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