June 2015, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
Wondering if travelling is really really worth the pain of leaving dear ones behind.
boarding an airplane.
being lost in the darkness and boredom of overnight flights alone.
I am not taking out my bachelors degree. (Simply because my University doesn’t force me to do it), but I think these past three years are still worth a small celebration. I even stole an outfit last term, and the official photographer, in order to get myself a graduation photo.
Thank you Taiwan for this year
Thank you dear friends for making me laugh with you, and later cry after we said goodbye
Thank you Taiwanese sun for marking me with a nice red painful colour
I will miss you, and we will meet again. God willingly.
It became really hot here in Taiwan now. Summer in a subtropical country with high humidity and eternal sunshine – yaaaayy. Even a short walk from my dorm to the bus stop becomes a small challenge. At times I will glare enviously at the locals who are having umbrellas to shade themselves with. But I have decided that I am not that integrated in the Asian lifestyle for using sun-umbrellas.
At least the sunshine makes Hsinchu quite photogenic. I did not do any edit on these pictures, but the colours are really popping.
My short walk from the bus to University made me feel like I was slowly getting fried. While passing the constructions outside campus some of the high-up workers stopped to wave at me. The entrance of National Chiao Tung University (above), and my beloved library (below).
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!