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Before narrating some of my experiences in Taiwan, I would like to say that there is nothing wrong with culture shock. Everyone experiences it and everyone deals with it in a different way. The stress of living in a new country, trying to make new friends, walk around new places with the fear of getting lost (although this could be quite an adventure) and specially the inability to speak the language can all lead to culture shock.

If I can give you an advice, I would say that it is better to observe what you really like about the new culture. Don’t focus on the negatives. I personally believe that the best way to start getting yourself acquainted with a new exotic culture is to get involved with it and submerged in it. Go out and experience life, talk with people, eat Chou Dou Fu (stinky tofu), walk not necessary knowing where you are going. Well, this of course, can get you lost, but I think getting lost is the best way to get to know new places, especially if you are in a safe country like Taiwan (with one of the lowest crime rates in the world). But don't listen to me and try always to have a map with you and a pocket dictionary, this can make your live easier, because it is in those early days that the difficulty in communicating results the more frustrating.