The days are hot, the time is short, and the people are amazing. It has been quite the few days here in Taiwan and I am enjoying things more than what I had expected. I’ll have to admit that not being able to speak the language fluently can hurt here and there, but luckily there are friends around to help out.
My previous thoughts on Taiwan were that it was a small country, city like, and packed with many hard working people. Since I’ve lived in Japan, I was able to imagine something similar to that of Tokyo, or even a smaller city such as Osaka. I imgained a community of night markets similar to the ones we see in movies and TV.
What I came to notice is exactly what I had predicted. The weather here is HOT, humid, and the nights are warm. The bus and subway systems are packed everday as people commute. Sadly school hasn’t even started yet so I can imagine an even more hectic traveling experience. The food from the night market is great as advertised, but the stands are way more packed than what I had imagined. One things I also notice is that bubble tea, and milk tea are rather quite popular. The university isn’t to small or too huge to get lost. The dorms aren’t to bad, nothing different than what I had experienced serving in the military. All in all it has been a great first week, as I look forward to the day school begins."