The one thing that most foreigners note about Taiwan is how friendly the people are. Xenophobia is virtually nonexistent in this country. This lack of hostility toward foreigners is something that this country ought to be very proud of. I can hardly think of another country that is as welcoming toward foreigners as Taiwan.
2012/10/12, 11 Comments
I visited Taiwan for a short period sometime ago. It was a brief trip that engaged all my senses after a muted but sobering experience in the Middle East.
Having a car helped enormously in checking out the Yangmingshan National Park; exploring windswept grassy hills, craggy mountaintops, secluded little lakes, breathtaking views, all made possible by nipping about in our little sedan.
So, I came across these little rectangular pastries a few years ago when I came to Taiwan. They were brown thin baked dough stuffed with thick custard or paste of different flavors. From green tea, red bean, lotus seed paste, jujube paste to fruity flavors like winter melon,
You can smell it. It is literally in the air. The bedroom window was still open from last night, when you crawled into bed at midnight without bothering to turn on the AC, despite the nearly fatal humidity and heat. But now, lying on the blankets as you wake up, you notice that you aren't drowning in sweat. In fact you feel comfortable.
Two and a half years ago, as I was about to become a junior in college back in Germany, I happened to be introduced with a student exchange program and persuaded by many of my professors to learn Asian studies at National Taiwan University (NTU) for two semesters.
In the United States, land is spacious and people come in larger sizes, as do roads, houses, shops, parking lots and parking. Those who are used to this space availability tend to get a feeling of being constrained when they come to Taiwan.