[quote=“CuriosityAndTheCat”]Been looking for a thread about this, but couldn’t find one, so here we go.
Looking back on life before, during and after your move to Taiwan, what are some things you know now but wish you’d known then? I’m looking for a kind of… “primer” for moving to Taiwan. I don’t mean what moving companies (if any) to contact or how to find an apartment. I mean how you dealt with it psychologically, things you encountered that you hadn’t expected (and most certainly hadn’t prepared for).
We’ve all slapped our foreheads and mumbled, “Well that would’ve been useful to know.” So, what is it?[/quote]
I’m sure this will not apply to you, but otc yeast infection meds are not available in Taiwan.
Also, glasses and contacts are much cheaper, better, and quicker to buy/replace in Taiwan.
I’d had only minimal experiance with a public bus system before and was very confused for months because Kaohsiung busses (where I lived at first) are never on time. I left before the MRT was build in Kaohsiung, but in Taipei it is very easy and quick and convienient.
Really, of all the places I’ve been Taiwan seemed the least difficult to adjust to.
Some of the god parades and funeral activities are noisy and most inconvient and anoying. Weddings set up under tents that block off entire roads seem crazy and dangerous, but when a temple blocks the road in the same way to put on a play or puppet show it seems like an incredable chance to experiance a bit of traditional culture. You actually may be lucky to catch one of those; they’re getting less and less common.
There are things that make you wonder–like strippers for funerals and weddings, but you deal with those things by wondering, all round-eyed, at the local culture. When it all gets too much, you shut yourself in your appartment for a week or, if you can, you shut yourself in Hong Kong for a week, until you can get a handle on yourself a bit. Hang out with other furreners for a bit of something you can relate to. Then jump back in with two feet and enjoy the wonder. After all, when you leave, you kind get to jonesing for something you can wonder about! (I don’t just mean strippers!)