This is the first morning we have woken up to rain since arriving in Taiwan. We have been blessed with beautiful, hot weather. The first two days, it was relatively pleasant and did not seem as hot as everyone had said it would be. I think that is because we are used to humidity from where we live, and there were quite a few clouds in the sky. On Friday and Saturday, we realized just how intense the sun is here – it’s okay in the shade but the heat from the sun just takes your breath away at times. I compare it to a hot, July day in south Florida. It’s fairly common to see people walking with umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun. The picture shows a temperature reading in Danshui yesterday: 32 degrees Celsuis = 89 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat index was 98 degrees Fahrenheit. It was hot!