I think this phrase does not belong to my vocabulary. Since I arrived to Taiwan, I had experienced many great moments and had to adapt myself to a new life style, food and interact with people of different mindsets. In other words, I adapted myself to a different way of living.

In Latin America, we are used to live in wide open spaces where in the rural region the houses area are about more than 300 square meters and the apartments in the city are half this size and usually each member of the family have their own bedroom. Tourists might encounter a little bit of difficulty to move around in the cities due to the lack of maps and street names, traffic jam and a not well organized transportation system. Our local people give directions in colloquial language such as:” Do you see that big yellow building? Well when you get there turn left and after the mango three turn right and you will see the restaurant.” People are able to discover well preserved colonial and a couple of modern buildings (depending on the country visited) and landmarks, high quality regional restaurants and international franchises.

On the other hand, I adapted myself to live in a place where the metropolitan areas are crowded with buildings to one another, an exquisite variety of western and oriental restaurants, thousands of people, interstate highways, and streets of up to 4 lanes, a subway and all coordinated with an Intelligent Transportation System. High-end technology plays an important role in Taiwan’s city and rural areas just to mentioned a few from using Internet almost everywhere you go, the billboards inside malls (LCD and HDTV) to the chip incorporated in all the ATM and credit cards (for security reasons). I uncovered a city (Taipei) with an impressive architectural design due to the rationalization of the space, environmental friendly and integration of landmarks; and rural areas that are of easy access and encompass spectacular green sceneries (not a bad place live).

As mentioned previously, “My Culture Shock” is an expression that doesn’t belongs to my vocabulary because I believe that we have to manage ourselves to adapt timely to differences encounter from our usual environment and to accept it as a fact of life in order to be competitive individuals in this globalize world.


Iriana Tarte was enrolled in IMBA at National Chengchi University in 2005.