What do we have to do with that?
Well ... it so happened that Zosia was invited to give a presentation at this conference.
But why? What has she got to do with medicine and nuclear medicine? What is nuclear medicine?
Well ... let's start from the beginning. In December my childhood friend wrote me that he will be coming with a brief visit to Taiwan to attend a conference. I offered to show him around if he stayed a few days longer. Later it turned out that he mentioned our family to the conference organizers and they contacted us. They watched some interviews with Zosia and were really impressed with what she has achieved at such a young age. And so they contacted us and asked Zosia to give a short, 30 min., motivational talk to the conference attendees. The organizers wanted her so badly that they even paid for her ticket to/from Taiwan (she flew from Japan to attend the conference).
Too bad Tim was not in Taiwan at that time, he would have enjoyed meeting all the medical scientists and scholars and would probably understand much more about what they were talking about than me, Jaś and Zosia.
Zosia had two short presentations. For the first one we drove to Lugang where we met my friend. All of us were put up in the hospital's luxurious guest rooms.
In the afternoon we visited the research center of the Show Chwan Memorial Hospital 秀傳紀念醫院 as well as the old town of Lugang. More about Lugang and it's historical sites HERE).
In the evening we had dinner with some Very Important People. Imagine - the Very Important People + me + Zosia + Jaś - interesting combination.
Next morning, 7:30 was time for my friend, Peter and Zosia's presentations. It was broadcasted to another hospital as well.
We also got a chance to go around the hospital and visit the hospital's museum.
Piotr was the hospital's special guest on that day:
Next on the list was lunch in the mountains and a hike in Xitou Nature Education Area 溪頭自然教育園區. The weather was horrible, it was cold and rainy and driving for almost two hours to get to the mountains was not a very good idea. And hiking was even less appealing.
The lunch was quite nice, but the restaurant was freezing, I wish the weather would have been better then all of us would have enjoyed the day much better.
When we got to Xitou Park, Jas and I decided to stay in the car, the rain was pouring and our shoes were not the hiking type. Zosia went for the walk and got back completely soaked and cold.
The next day Zosia had another presentation, this time in Taipei. She made her presentation bilingual (Chinese, English) as there were few foreigners in the audience.
Many people had questions for Zosia and even more wanted to take pictures with her.
In the evening Zosia and I were invited for a banquet style dinner. Soooo much food!
These few days were an interesting experience for Zosia. Quite a few people have invited her to speak at other conferences and universities. Looks like my daughter is becoming a popular speaker to have.