This past October I was invited to a wedding of a dear friend from grad school in Taiwan. The wedding was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Amazing food, sights, tours, and massages were nearly endless. While it was an amazingly lavish ceremony, I was most surprised by the hospitality of the bride, groom and their families. Not that I expected any less from the lovely bride, but I couldn’t believe all the time she spent into caring for her friends while she had a wedding to organize that had over 800 guests! She and her family showed me truly what the word ‘hospitality’ means.
Weddings of all cultures have their pros and cons, and while I love the American wedding, I do think they are a bit self-centered. I understand that it is a celebration of the couple’s love, but I truly learned from this wedding that it is very much about the guests as well if you plan on having any. It’s about being grateful for the time people take out of their schedules to celebrate with you. It’s about bringing families and friends together for such a joyous occasion. The bride was so beautiful and her personality is just as beautiful.
We saw nearly everything that Taiwan had to offer from the ever famous Taipei 101 to the quiet mountains of Jiufen. It was so great seeing old friends from grad school again. We’ve all moved to different cities ever since Cambridge, so it was amazing to see how far we’ve come. And its been just a little over a year! In addition, I met a whole slew of really kind and interesting people. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll ever see some of them again, but I definitely won’t ever forget this week in Taiwan and I’m happy to leave it at that. Sometimes I find it so amazing to know a person from one time period of your life and that being all you ever know. Your view of them is never changed or hampered by new situations that arise and I find that strangely perfect.