During the game on Tuesday night, a women wearing a Cubs tshirt came in to watch the game and sat in our section. Well, you can guess who jumped up to meet her (Mar is from Chicago and a high fan). Turns out she and her husband are from a suburb of Chicago and now live in Taipei. They left their careers in the states to experience teaching abroad and now both teach at the Taipei American School.
She invited us for a tour of the school the next morning which just happened to be a few blocks from the stadium where Iowa was playing Japan. What an amazing facility. They have 2300 students K-12. It is an American-based education but as they describe it with a global perspective where the best of east and west is presented. Well, you can guess who jumped up to ask questions about the opportunity to teach abroad (that would be me).
USA 5, Japan 11
We did not get the win but because we won the first two games we still advance to the medal round. The games are live here in Taipei but are not being streamed to USA for what we have been told-political reasons.
After the game we headed up to the athletes village to meet the boys and take them out to dinner. While waiting, folks would come up and ask for their picture taken with the Baseball Moms! They were even interviewed on local TV.
We all met up and enjoyed a wonderful dinner together hearing all about their experiences as the athletes.
It was such a great day filled with unexpected adventures making it a bit hard to think about heading home.