I am very new to this site. I have spent the last couple of days just reading some of the old discussions. It looks like a really amazing site to learn about Taiwan. Moderators, I had no idea where this topic/post should go so if you feel as though it should be moved, go ahead thanks!
Ok. I will traveling to Taiwan sometime this summer (between may-august 2005) as part of an international exchange between my university and a university in Taiwan (I have to be placed: the possible cities are taipei, tainan, taichung, hualoian, and kaoshiung.) I will be staying there for at least 1 month. The exchange program is between medical universities and I will be working in a hospital 5 days a week for that 1 month. During this month, my room will be paid for, so I presume I will be staying with a taiwanese medical student.
I think I will be staying there for possibly another month on my own to explore and live in taiwan for some time. I will have to find accommodation for myself at this time.
Anyways… now to the topic at hand (sorry for the long prologue). I am a 21 year old Canadian student and I am VERY tall. I am 6’10" which is about 208cm. As you may guess, I get a considerable amount of looks and comments about my height even where I live… I presume I will get even more while I am in Taiwan. My question is:
What will be some of the repercussions of me being tall? What should I expect? What will be some pros and cons of my visit?
I expect that I will be asked a lot about my height, stared at alot and perhaps asked to be in pictures with some of the locals… but what else?
I will be a foreigner… but I will be a very tall foreigner. Help me out to prepare myself!
Thanks and sorry for the length,
(I will probably be asking a lot of questions about Taiwan across the entire forum, so if you see me don’t hesitate to help!)