I arrived on Friday night, I will try to be living here for 10 months to go to school at Taida (ICLP). Sad thing is, I’m freaking out now!
People tell me to not worry and that I’ll get used to things. Not happening yet. I have no permanent accomodations and the language barrier is difficult to overcome. The few people I’ve spoken with in Chinese seem to not understand that my Chinese isn’t good enough to communicate in any fluid manner. My Chinglish is totally useless since they don’t understand the English words I’m using.
I’m staying at a couple different hotels in Taipei until I can find a more long-term arrangement. If I cannot do that soon, I am thinking of flying back to the US. Such a shame, because this trip was one of the biggest, most important things in my life.
I have no American friends here, the few friends I had before have abandoned me before I arrived, and I have no phone or reliable internet connection, so it’s hard to get in touch with anyone who MIGHT be able to offer some friendship or help.
The more I read about the island and the huge spiders, cockroaches, lack of decent living accommodations, water issues, et cetera, the less I like it here. It’s strange how I didn’t read about all these things when I was preparing to leave or making the decision to choose Taiwan instead of PRC!
I’m pretty sure there’s something I’m doing wrong, and that’s why I’m in such an uncomfortable position. I don’t know what to do, and housing does not seem very promising.
I bet this is a pretty common reaction but I’m in quite a lousy situation and concerned about my ability to survive here. I haven’t been able to eat or sleep, and the stress has destroyed any ability to communicate. This place scares me.
I will be going around Taida and Shida tomorrow and hope to find potential contacts, though I don’t think the prospects are too good.
Can anyone relate to my plight? I’m sure the first reaction many have is that I’m overreacting or that I shouldn’t worry too much. Considering I am very lost and need to settle down before classes start, I think my “freaking out” is a little bit justified.
Sorry for the rant, please direct this to a more appropriate forum if necessary.