Have you ever heard of a place where time goes faster than any other place in the world? If you have not, then get ready for my story about my time in Taiwan.

Wednesday 3:05 a.m. I am inside my room at my house, and I am lying on my bed; I am trying to sleep. I move around, back and forth, but I cannot fall asleep yet. The lights are off, but I feel frustrated to know that I cannot sleep. I force myself to sleep.

It is still dark at 6:36 a.m. inside my room, but I wake up again. I feel really cold; my blanket is gone to the edge of my bed. I pull it well over me, but I am mad; I know my alarm clock is going to be ringing in an hour. I know that I have to go to class, but I still need to fall asleep right away. I want to get a good sleep as much as I can.

At 7:24 a.m. I hear a familiar sound far in my room, but I do not want to open my eyes. I feel extremely tired. I have not slept enough these days.

The sound continues and I hear that sound coming closer and closer. I thought, “ oh, yes. I know what it is!” with a smile in my face but my eyes are still closed.  “It is just my mom filling my breakfast bowl with some cereal over some warm milk,” I said to myself. I wake up, decide to go for my breakfast, and I open my eyes and turn around; I immediately realize it is just my roommate having his breakfast before going to school. Wait a second!!! “My roommate?” I said???

I have found myself in Taiwan, who could have known? Everything has happened so fast since I came to Taiwan. I just realized how much time I have spent here when my mom called me crying and telling me how happy she felt to know that she was going to see me again after 2 years. Yes, two complete and long years.

I just realized it
that I have been in Taiwan for 2 years already.  It is not the food, not the weather, not  the people that surprise me about being in Taiwan, but it is actually the time I have been here and how fast it has gone by. It seems as if it was some days ago when I finished my first year at Ming Chuan University, it looks like it was last week when I came to Taiwan and stepped in my dormitory at Ming Chuan University, and it is like it was two weeks ago when I decided to leave my country and came to Taiwan to start the journey of my life. I cannot tell how it feels to know that I am already half way of finally graduating. I came here when I was 16 years old.   I am already 18, but I cannot explain in words how much I have grown in this little time. I have met different kinds of people from all over the world, and I have met different types of persons you could ever imagine; from the worst to the best, yet there are only few who have truly become my friends. All these thoughts came to my mind. 

At 9:26 a.m. I was already late for my class. I was still tired after a terrible night of sleep. I was walking towards Ming Chuan University, and I was counting in my head how many stairs that I have to climb up to get to my class. Suddenly, my cell phone was ringing in my pocket; I took it out and then I noticed that it was just the alarm clock. I felt really confused; I did not understand why it rang so late. I ignored it for a second but then I took a look again at my cell phone and it said, “wake up and get ready to go to church.” I was really confused and surprised at the same time. Then I looked again at my phone and I noticed that it was Sunday. I was totally stunned to know that my week was already gone and I did not notice it. Time goes by extremely fast here in Taiwan and everyday that goes by is one day less for me to be here in Taiwan. It is just funny to see and know how Taiwan has been full of surprises so far, and I know there are still many more to come.

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