Life in Taiwan is fun and colorful. A colleague introduced me to hiking and now it is one of my favorite weekend activities. Hiking is great exercise. It has not only enhanced my physical endurance and relaxed my mind, but also helped me quickly get familiar with and adapt to the local way of life. Because almost every city or county in Taiwan is adjacent to a mountain, hiking on a different mountain each time gives me an opportunity to try various hiking trails with different sceneries, visit cities or counties nearby, and explore the local cultures and specialties. I have hiked more than 20 peaks, and some of them were hiked with Hannah Henley, INFICON ISS President, when she was in Taiwan.
Another one of my favorite weekend activities is to visit Taiwan's night markets, where small street vendors gather outside after sunset to sell their special homemade food or offer some entertaining games for people to play. There are usually tens to hundreds of small vendors depending on where the night market is. Visiting a night market is fun and delicious since there are so many different varieties of finger foods and drinks to choose from at a very affordable price. I have not been disappointed so far with any of my night market visits.
I have also become a fan of bubble tea since coming to Taiwan. Summer in Taiwan is long, hot and humid, a cup of cold and tasty bubble tea is very refreshing and cools you down both physically and mentally. On almost every street, there is a bubble tea shop. And each shop always has its own specialties. If one likes, she or he could have a different flavored bubble tea every day without repeating an order for a year. Having an afternoon bubble tea is a regular social activity in our Taiwan office.
I must admit that working and living overseas is not an easy task. One must face many challenges and difficulties in an all-new environment. But at the same time, living overseas can also be exciting and fulfilling since there are so many new things to see, explore, and experience.
Working and living in Taiwan can be tiring, but it will never be boring!