Looks like it’s becoming more certain that the spouse and I will be returning to Taiwan. She’s put in her time here in the US, and now it’s time for a tour of duty of my own.
I’m going to try to get my culture shock out of the way first, for the sake of efficiency. So, what shall I preemptively loathe about living in Taiwan?
–Living in a cold, all-concrete box instead of an apartment with drywall and carpets.
–Not being able to enjoy the non-aquatic horizon. Unlike Texas, where I can look clear to the edge of the dry land with no buildings or mountains intervening.
–The ever-loving DAMP.
On the other hand, I look forward to:
–Better career prospects, I hope, now that I’ll be in a place where reading and speaking Chinese is not a mere sideline curiousity.
–More of a “re-nao” environment, and friendlier people.
–Much better Chinese food.
What would you add to my lists, to help me through the four stages of culture shock?