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現在如果我要出去的話,我都沒有問題。我可以跟其他台灣人講話或坐任何一輛公車,因為我看得懂路的名稱,所以我知道會去哪裡。一年以前的我跟現在不一樣,因為我還沒習慣台灣的環境,而且他們也聽不懂我的話,所以如果我要出去,我需要跟我的女朋友一起出去,要不然我會迷路。

臺灣是一個小島國。它在太平洋上面,一年有四個季節。我在台南住了一年了,這裡常常很熱,特別是暑假。十月以後氣候比較冷,所以人們需要戴手套,帽子跟穿外套。夏天和秋天臺灣有很多颱風,今年有四個颱風,它們都經過這個國家。兩個禮拜以前(九月二十七號)今年最大的颱風經過臺灣。它的威力很強可是沒有人死掉。它造成的風速是144KM/H, 而且它移動的速度有24KM/H。

First of all I haven’t been in a typhoon like these in my entire life. I’m from El Salvador, and we had a hurricane about 4 years ago or more. I don’t remember pretty well how it was. I am sure that it was nothing compared to the typhoons here in Taiwan. I just remember that on that occasion the government spread the news by television, and the headlines was like this: “Hurricane will strike El Salvador coasts tonight”.

My first experience with one typhoon wasn’t very awful; actually it was very normal considering that typhoons are very common in Asia. Almost everyone of the international students already know about what a typhoon is, because almost everyone are from Central America, and we have hurricanes in our countries. Anyway, when the news said that Taiwan would be hit by a typhoon, all the international students were looking for food, water, and some other important things to spend the time in the room. We were expecting that the typhoon wouldn’t let us go out, and in that case we were prepared for that.

Many rumors every where. Taiwan is the country with more earthquakes on earth, Taiwan is a really small island you can go around it in a couple of days. Taiwan people eat dogs, cats, cucarachas, rats, all types of insects. Still the plane was about to take off and my family and I were nervous about this trip, I greeted them for the last time, I went upstairs and I did not see them again. The air trip was long but finally we are here. I started analyzing to see if what I had heard was true. My conclusion was, no. However, there is something no one mentioned, a word I have never heard before, Typhoon.

My first typhoon-given holiday was my worst holiday ever; a blunt day of freedom, battered by my room walls of boredom. It was bitter sweet. To have been informed that my weekend would be extended because of a typhoon was an instant bliss. The mere idea of having an extra day to myself was nothing but happy thoughts. A day to eat, to sleep, and enjoy the pleasures of being in Taiwan, was the prime justification behind my planning. I would eat a burger from La Guardia, and maybe then take a walk down BeiMen Lu. But no hurry, for I had an entire day ahead of me! Little did I know that this day would have granted less fun that was perceived, for through all my plans, I failed to take into consideration the dark stormy winds, side kicked by the rain, washing away the flesh off the surroundings. It was a total disappointment!

Well, the story begins when I was trying to think about what can I do just to pass the time on the typhoon, since I’ve already finished out all my homeworks, so that day we started to talk with some friends here at KSU about what we can do just to pass the storm??? “Hmmm, I think that we can go to Tainan city and see what happens?” one of my friends told me, another one says “No I think it’s too risky to go out because we can get hit by a brickwall or something like that”, so after we gave our personal opinions as a group, we decided to go to church since that was the only day where we can receive a Spanish Misa (the catholic celebration), so we decided to take out our fear and we went to Tainan city in the middle of the typhoon.