I’m new to the forum but have been reading some topics with great interest over the past few weeks, so thank you for all the information! I’m currently on a career break/extended holiday from work in the UK getting away from the grey and cold. Just completed a month in Taiwan and now in Japan.
I stayed in Wenshan District in Taipei, apart from two days where I went to Kaohsiung. Both places are fascinating places, the people seemed very laid-back and not rushed/stressed like back at home, happy to help, and nobody looked significantly stressed like you commonly see on the Underground in London.
Would you agree with this perspective, or have I missed something? Do you have any alternative thoughts on the general attitudes of the Taiwanese compared to Brits? I didn’t get much of a feel about the working culture, obviously, but I’ve heard it’s comparable to what I do in the UK (roughly 10 hours at work per day, 1 hour lunch, but on-call 100% of the time).
The evening outdoor culture I really fell in love with. Grabbing some food from a night market or stall and wandering about I felt pretty happy and positive about the place. I could happily sit outside, munch on some chicken heart and tendon skewers and watch people go by all evening on their scooters.
I may decide to quit my software job in the UK and try for the one year working holiday visa in Taiwan. The heat may kill me though =D
Cheers, sorry for rambling on a bit.