As a Nicaraguan living in this country, I consider Taiwan as a little box full of surprises, in other words, a small world that amazes everyone. Many writers, personalities, students, etc. have written and talked about the business world that moves Taiwan, of opportunities and experiences that enrich this oriental country both professionally and intellectually; and also the economic growth they have acquired in such a short time with great effort and perseverance. It is worthy of admiring its impressive mountains, rivers, fertile land, the museums where they retain their rich culture, its fireworks that brighten the sky, the building, architecture and temples which have served as spiritual sanctuary for many generations. I could go on with so many things that are admirable of this nation.

One of the things that impressed me the most that happened to me a few weeks ago was that I left my cell phone, without knowing it, in the back seat of a taxi when I took it from the high speed rail road station to my friend’s apartment. By the time that I needed it to make a call, there was no signal of it, so I decided to start calling from my friend’s phone. Finally the taxi driver answer and kindly said that he had the cell phone. He explained to me that he was working so he was going to leave the cell phone in the information desk of the high speed rail road so I could pick it up there. Here we met a fundamental rule of morality that it would be nice to have in our Latin American countries: what is not yours, must be respected. As our parents and grandparents will say: a moral rule has always been respected.

Taiwan is a place where you can leave almost anything and nobody would touch it. These little details are big for many people. Having the freedom to leave things everywhere and know that nobody will touch anything, and having the liberty to walk on the streets at night, is inestimable. Taiwanese are extremely helpful to the foreign and tourist; this makes people feel safe. The world would be better if we all acted with these attitudes. If you do not know an address and you ask a Taiwanese for directions, with all their kindness they will take you to find your destination.

This is an example of values and moral principles that we should learn from the Taiwanese. They make the nation great and also open the doors to all of the countries. Feeling safe as I repeat again is like to feel at home. I hope I always keep these nice customs and never change because the basis of any society in any particular state is the welfare of all human beings, and the respect for others.

As Latin Americans, we have to take these experiences and apply them to our country. We can together make this happen by putting a bit of effort and create a better world to live in. Those little things create a better public safety, friendly and pleasant to all of us. It is an experience that I will never forget as a Nicaraguan living in Taiwan.

         

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