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29th issue by NTOU on December 2011

 
As a child, growing up in Belize, I never dreamed of studying this far away from home, and if anyone were to tell me I would study in Taiwan, I probably would not believe him /her. Thank God for man’s inability to correctly predict the future, for if I had known my fate before, perhaps I would not even be here, and that would have been a tragedy. I must admit that my time in Taiwan has been a whirlwind of adventure. Some adventures, however, are more memorable than others. Still though, I cannot downplay the magnitude in which my time in Taiwan will affect the rest of my life. Being an ICDF scholarship recipient here, I am given the opportunity to attend two trips per year. These trips are quite enjoyable, because I am often taken to different parts of the country that I would not otherwise visit.
“MY AMAZING ADVENTURE IN FORMOSA ISLAND”
 
 
Hello everyone! My name is Maria Martha Aguilar Centeno from Nicaragua, I´m 20 years old and I´ve been in Taiwan for the last two months, studying  my Master Degree at National Taiwan Normal University.
 
How has this been so far? I can summarize it with only one simple word AMAZING. I honestly think this has been the best experience I´ve lived in my entire life.
 
Taiwan has been a wonderful place to live, I have been here for already five years and I cannot get enough of it, of course I clearly remember that I didn´t always like it this much. When I just came I wasn´t even 18 years old, I was very excited about coming and thought that I was independent enough to face all the challenges; of course, when I got here I realized I was naïve and young, I didn´t know much about living abroad and of course the Asian culture was way different from what I had imagined.
One year ago when I received the news that I will come to Taiwan to study for two years;a blend of diverse feelings came in to my head, happiness,curiosity, and of course a little anxiety. Likewise,some basic existential questions also arouse like how are things on the other side of the world, how will I deal with the so famous cultural shock? How is the food over there? How will I communicate? As a result of jet lag, a long flight, and the fact that I was not anymore into known territory, I did not know what to expect. However, as I soon as I got down from the plane all those feelings finally got settled down. I found a totally new world waiting for me, incredibly astonishingly, and so different to what I expected. I could not believe that I was in Taiwan.
 
Taiwan is an amazing country filled with diverse opportunities and fascinating culture. Being here for more than a year, I have been lucky enough to travel a little bit around Taiwan and getting to know beautiful places like Kaohsiung, Kenting, Pingtung, Yilan, Zhongli, etc. Thanks to ICDF, I have also been able to participate in lots of cultural trips that enhance our stay in the country and that lets us participate more in the Taiwanese culture.
Hello! Let me introduce myself. My name is Allan Sanchez and I’m from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I came to Taiwan about 11 weeks ago to get my master’s degree in construction management. You want to know something? Every single day in Taiwan is an adventure to me. Since the day that I arrived I have been amazed of how modern, safe and beautiful this country is. You should have seen me the first week that I came to Taiwan. I was like an hyperactive kid in a toy store. I was taking pictures of everything because there were so many details that blew my mind away.
At my arrival to Taiwan, I felt my stay here was going to be quite complicated, so far has been a very nice ride. As days go by I have been learning and understanding more and more about the different things in Taiwan, I feel amazed by Taiwan’s beauty, landscapes and language.
Not everything has been easy in Taiwan, I have learned to love food in Taiwan, at the beginning felt very different from what I have been used to, but little by little I have discover amazing places where people can find delicious food. Also the display of Tees that Taiwan owns is very interesting; it has become part of my daily life. Another difficult issue is the weather in Taiwan, despite I come from a hot place, Taiwan’s weather is really difficult to handle, especially during May and July, that is something I’m having problems getting used to, as well as feeling the coldness at the end of the year, Taiwan’s weather has both extremes.
My name is George Jatta from The Gambia studying at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan. I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management.
My adventure in Taiwan would be a one day trip to Chiayi and Tainan organized by the international student affairs division under the office of internal affairs of the National Cheng Kung University. This trip took place on Sunday 2nd October 2011. The scenic spot visited was Taijiang National Park, which has numerous recreational resources with the region and considered precious and has its own uniqueness and non-response, such as the black-faced spoonbills habitat, founding memorial history, Chiku Lagoon, four grasses and wetlands.
As soon as I got the e-mail from ICDF asking us to write about our “Adventure in Taiwan” I started to think… where do I begin? And how do I choose what to leave outside? (because 600 words for so many things are not enough) “Adventure” is the word that best defines my experience in these two months in Taiwan. Since the very first day here I have experienced so many new things that I’ve never thought about before.I almost forgot, my name is Camilo Mercado Siles and I’m from Nicaragua. I’m studying at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan.
My name is Anthony Keita; I am a Gambian pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering and management in the National Cheng Kung University.
I would like to share my adventures in Taiwan for the past three months that I have been staying in Tainan city.
Although I have not explored Tainan City that much, I had the opportunity to visit some places that would be really great interest to any foreigner in Taiwan. I have lived in a foreign country before and never have I been to a place of such a culture and traditions. Actually, before my coming to Taiwan, I had the chance to gather some little information about Tainan City. I got to know Tainan City as the cultural capital of Taiwan which is famous for its good food, night markets (actually the biggest in the country)and it’s very rich history and traditions.