Bring a Towel

When you join one of the ACIE study abroad sessions, you had best plan for seeing the spectacular sights of your host nation. Here in Taiwan, lush jungles rise on the backs of mountains that run in the center of the island, and narrow streets with rushing buses and food vendors raise a din that …

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Photo Blog: Taiwan

My trip to Taipei, Taiwan has really changed my life for the better and I am excited to share some of my favorite moments and images with everyone! These are only a few of the amazing things I have witnessed in Taiwan. With a week left, I am very sad to be leaving but I …

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Where’s the Bathroom?: Breaking the Language Barrier

About a year before coming to Taipei for my ACIE program, I visited Beijing for a research trip. I had been learning Mandarin on my own for about a year before then, mostly through the use of language learning apps and textbooks from my school’s library. I figured that my language skills would be sufficient …

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Taiwanese Starbucks and Other Communication Woes   

I can sort my life evenly into two geographic regions.  I was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States when I was ten and have lived exactly half of my twenty years in each country.  Though I’d missed Taiwan intensely, I hadn’t been back in a decade, until I flew back for the …

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Where We’ve Gone and What I’ve Learned

It has been a week since we’ve arrived and I have learned so much.  Through opportunities in the TMT program, and my own personal excursions, I have travelled to seven places within these seven days. Three of these places have taught me new lessons about both Taiwan and myself. National Chengchi University has taught me …

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“When in Taiwan… do as the Taiwanese do.”

Since arriving here in Taiwan, I've had a myriad of new and exciting experiences. We arrived on Saturday night and had orientation the following day. At orientation, we met our program directors and student helpers. I think it took a while for me to comprehend that I was still in Taiwan as I was still …

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      Taiwan Knows How to Hold a Welcome Party

Taiwan certainly knows how to hold a welcome party. Within the first week of arriving we already get to experience our first typhoon. Being somewhat of a common occurrence, none of the local students seem to be too worried over it. They only suggest preparing some extra food and water in case the stores don’t …

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