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Somebody once told me: "There is no such thing as a free lunch!" But during my first month living in Taiwan I have learned that it is better to say: "There is such a thing as a lunch given by a friend!"; because, thanks to the hospitality and generosity of the Taiwanese people, I have been enjoying different kinds of delicious food in various peculiar and beautiful places of Taiwan, and that is why Taiwanese food has

Hi my name is Mario Alberto Sanchez Hernandez and I am from Costa Rica. I want to take this opportunity to tell you about my experience with the Taiwanese food in this last year.

Initially I had some difficulty to adapt to Taiwanese food. I tasted this culture's different typical food only little by little. I discovered some delicious food and others not very delicious, but nevertheless I have had some very similar experiences in my own country.

I like the Jin Men breakfast of Guan Dong style porridge, The broth is usually rice-based, with various things in the broth, such as pork, egg, and fish. You have the option of adding a you tiao--oil-fried bread stick.

Its flavor is somewhat sweet and smooth. At first it is somewhat strange, but after a short time you discover that also is delicious and you will be satisfied after you finish.

Wrap your tongue and lick your lips because you’ve guessed it right – its instant noodles! Straight from the Qing dynasty into our everyday lives, here it is! It’s quick, cheap, easy, and even better, it enlightens your taste buds with every savor. Beware of its tendency to entrap you within a virtual world of delight, booking every meal with its dictating flavor.

Eating is more than just a hobby for me. It is a passion. I enjoy eating every kind of food. However, when I arrived in Taiwan one of the problems I had besides the time difference was the food. I did not like the green or black ice tea. They tasted different from the lemon ice tea Nicaraguans drink. Also, I did not like the taste and the flavor of the Taiwanese food. The sauce of the food was different. I was not used to this food.

Guatemala is a multicultural country that has adopted several customs from other countries like Taiwan, Korea or China. In Guatemala there are a lot of Asian restaurants, and in my country Asian food is prepared with a lot of garlic and spices and has a very strong flavor. I always ask for fried rice with chicken, pork or shrimp, or a big plate of chicken chow mein. These were my favorite kinds of Chinese food in Guatemala.

Experiences are very vast in this life, all different, in many ways, but all with the same purpose, teach us something very value for our soul.

About experiences, there is one very weird, embarrassing moments, those moments that you hate when it happens, but after you remember them as a very funny moment.

As for me, I have many of those funny moments, especially one in Taiwan, which is a group embarrassing moment, The Dragon Dance!!

In less than two days, I had left my home country in what can only be called an adventure towards my future. Everything around me had changed, whether I was truly ready for it or not. Even when I thought I had begun to believe I was getting used to Taiwan back in Taipei, I again experienced a great change upon reaching my university. Needless to say, it caused a bit of a shock.

We can describe culture shock as the physical and emotional discomfort one suffers when coming to live in another country or a place different from the place of origin. Often, the way that we lived before is not ccepted as or considered as normal in the new place. Everything is different, for example, not speaking the language, not knowing how to use banking machines, not knowing how to use the telephone and so forth.

As a new foreigner in Taiwan, experience the cultural shock in my on flesh, it has been very interesting, also a whole of different feelings together ; some of them are very nice ( the feeling of meeting new people, places; learning a different culture, etc) but some of them are not good ( loneliness, homesick, etc.).

During my first year in Taiwan, I knew so many new friends. I think everybody is my friend. I had acquaintance with Taiwanese people, interacted with this culture, and enjoyed my life in this country.

When I completed my second semester in Kun Shan University (KSU), the international office invited me to join their trip to Central America. KSU planned to visit different universities in Central America and to recruit students who wanted to apply our university.

Eventually, we decided to visit only two countries, first Panama and then Costa Rica. We spent few time to know this two countries. I visited these two countries with two important people, Dr. Yang (director of international office in KSU) and Dr. Lee (vice-president of KSU)