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Taiwan Firsts – What To Expect When You Visit Taiwan for the First Time

Taiwan Firsts - What To Expect When You Visit Taiwan for the First Time

Taiwan Firsts – What To Expect When You Visit Taiwan for the First Time As my parents are getting ready to return to the U.S. from their trip to Taiwan, they reminded me what it’s like to not only visit Taiwan, but also Asia, for the first time. After being exposed to Asian culture for a majority of my life, it’s easy to forget that parts of it vary greatly from what people may be accustomed to in Western culture. Moving from a Western country to an Asian one can bring with it real culture shock. Here a few regularities that those of us living in Asia may have already gotten used to. What’s That Smell? As my parents and I were walking through some of the night markets in Taiwan they kept commenting on the awful smell in the air. For those of us living in Taiwan we know exactly what that smell is – Stinky Tofu. It took me a second to realize what they were talking about because I hardly notice the smell anymore; however, they’re right, it smells. I mean, there’s a reason it’s called Stinky Tofu. Trust me though, it delicious when fried with cabbage […]

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7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Teaching Abroad

7 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Teaching Abroad

Typically we all have our pre-determined ideas of what teaching abroad will be like but here are 7 surprising things you didn’t know about teaching abroad.

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Cultural Challenges

Cultural Challenges

Cultural challenges will happen whilst you’re abroad, you will get lost, something in your apartment will break, or someone will laugh at you for pronouncing something wrong in another language.

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An Aboriginal New Year

An Aboriginal New Year

An aboriginal new year celebration is a unique and wonderful experience that I have had the privilege of taking part in. It would be amiss to say Western New Year celebrations are far and few between in Taiwan.

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Teaching a Difficult Class

Teaching a Difficult Class

Teaching a difficult class that is really rowdy (especially younger aged students) can make any teachers day stressful. Sometimes you go to work dreading that one class of kids that don’t respect you, don’t listen to you, and cause soreness in your throat at the end of the day.

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A Weekend in Taipei: Cultural

A Weekend in Taipei: Cultural

A weekend in Taipei can take you in many different kinds of directions. Last week we explored the more adventurous side to this city. This week we are going to delve into the many cultural activities that can sate the thirst of the most hungriest of culture vultures.

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A Weekend in Taipei: Adventurous and Active

A Weekend in Taipei: Adventurous and Active

A weekend in Taipei can be spent doing many different kinds of activities. Taipei is one of the most modern cities in Asia and attracts an average of 3 million tourists a year with it’s great food scene, night markets, contemporary-yet-traditional architecture and design, and natural beauty.

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Visiting a Doctor in Taiwan

Visiting a Doctor in Taiwan

Visiting a doctor in Taiwan is quite different to what we are used to at home. Before going in depth about the doctors in Taiwan, something needs to be said first. Taiwan has one of the best national healthcare systems I’ve experienced, especially coming from America.

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