Now we are already half into the spring term here in Taiwan. I know I have almost only been posting about India recently, but please bear with me. The month I spent there during Chinese New Year (January – February) is like one of those desserts you don’t want to enjoy too fast, I like to write about it as slow as possible just to savour it slowly.
This term at National Chiao Tung University is so different from the last one. It almost feels like I have changed my life completely.
I still live in the same dorm, only one of my three roommates is new. I still go to the same campuses, and attend classes in the same buildings. Yet everything is completely different.
My life in Taiwan this spring:
1. All my friends. Are. Gone.
Ok, not all of them. Just many of them. Just almost everyone I used to meet seven days a week and would eat most of my meals with. My lunch friends, my library-night friends, my panic-study-weekend friend and my walk-home-together-from-campus friend. They are not here.
Sure you can find new friendships, but one person can never replace another.
2. I have lazy time.
This term my courses are not only less, the ones I attend are both easier and some are given in English.
Now I can take Monday afternoon of, sleep in on Tuesday, spontaneously skip a class on Thursday to have some fun, eat out at Friday night – and still not have to study during the weekend.
Hello stress free life. I haven’t seen you since I started University!
3. I can actually enjoy Taiwan
Whatever I was busy doing last term did indeed take place here in Taiwan. But apart from occasional nights spend outside the library, I didn’t see much of this beautiful island.
This term I am traveling, often while enjoying the company of Taiwanese friends. So much more fun!