- January
Posted By : talkingofchinese
I’m going to Taiwan!

I leave tomorrow (eek!!)

I’m going there to study for five weeks (with the aim of getting my Chinese above the level of a barely speaking toddler).

This will be the first time I have travelled overseas on my own (I haven’t even been on an international flight by myself – let alone navigated a foreign country on my own. I’m a little scared but mostly just excited).

I’m writing this post in case any of you wise folk out there have any advice – whether it’s about Taiwan (I’ll be in Taipei staying in the Xindian area), studying Chinese (I’m trialing two schools in Taipei – TLI and TCA) or travelling alone generally.

Thanks in advance for any tips (I plan to post updates from Taiwan).

scared but excited face :-/


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  • When you’re travelling, things will be amazing, and things will be awful. Always remember this: you’re only there for a month.

    When things are terrible, and everything sucks, remember: you’re only there for a month. You’ll get through whatever bullshit is bringing you down. You’ll soon be reunited with your loved ones. The awfulness is temporary.

    When things are going great and you’re having the time of your life, and there’s going to be even more amazing stuff happening in the future, remember: you’ll only be there for a month. Time flies. Be fully present in the moment, and fully enjoy the experiences you’re having, the relationships you’re building, and the food you are savoring.

    A month can at once be an eternity and a blink of an eye. Be safe, and enjoy yourself!

    P.S. Also, I suggest bringing over-the-counter medication for food poisoning. It might not happen, but it being your first time overseas, your stomach might rebel, just because. So have something on hand, just in case. =) Happy travels! Remember to enjoy Taiwan, don’t just spend your time buried in Chinese textbooks!

    • Thanks so much for your comment Joelle – I think what you say is right, a month is both a long time and a blink of an eye.

      So far I’m loving it and trying to make the most of every minute but when the adrenalin wears off and the tiredness hits (which I’m sure will happen soon!) I will remember your advice to keep things in perspective πŸ™‚

      I have travelled overseas quite a lot before (just never on my own!) so *fingers crossed* I’ll be ok on the food poisoning front πŸ™‚

  • Taipei is great!! Have fun and learn a lot! Will you still have class during Chinese New Year?

  • I went to Taipei in late 2011. Loved it. Very safe, clean and modern city. Excellent subway/metro system. People were friendly and helpful. Also, excellent street food. I think you’ll enjoy Taipei & Taiwan, in general.

  • WOWWWWWWW I’m so excited for you!!! Taipei is an amazing place… it’s like a clean China! When you say ‘trial,’ does that mean you might go back to the school again later to study for a longer period of time?

    I know in Taiwan they use traditional characters and not simplified. I think traditional is WAY harder, but it will definitely be impressive to read and write! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures πŸ™‚

    • Hi Mary, thanks for your support – Taiwan is indeed an amazing place! I love it here (and yes, I would like to come back here for a longer period of time :-))

      I have to admit that, despite studying in Taiwan, I am not studying traditional characters – my tutor in China can only teach simplified and I have already started learning simplified so I am continuing down that path (the school I am studying at here offers textbooks in both traditional and simplified).

  • I hope you are still having a great time and you are okay after the earthquake. Hope you post soon!

  • I guess you have been to Taipei and probably back again. I hope you had a great time exploring Taipei and experiencing a new culture. The Taiwanese people are amazing and I am sure you felt right at home!!

    • I have and yes I loved it so much! As you say, the people are wonderful and I very much have a Taiwanese family there now (they even took me home to their parents for the lunar new year!) that I already miss very much! I plan to write more I’m just starting a new job in the middle of everything!!

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