Campus Life

Taiwan: New Experiences

By Angela Stukkie

Did you know that Taiwan is a small island off the coast of China? I didn’t know until a week before I went. Now it is my favorite island. I became good at using chopsticks. I figured out that driving on a windy, mountain road gives you motion sickness but listening to music makes it better. I slept in a sleeping bag with a small, built-in pillow for five nights. I’m not actually sure what I was eating most of the time, but I ate stomach one day. I learned some Chinese. I figured out that Taiwanese college kids are pretty much like us. I rode on a moped with a random old lady while we were in the Aboriginal village. I saw mountains everywhere we went. I rode on a boat down a river that goes into the ocean. I went to a night market with shops, food vendors and people everywhere. I stayed in a hotel that had a window into the bathroom. I drank tea all the time and sometimes it had little squishy “bubbles” in it. I taught a lesson on the feeding of the five thousand and had it translated into Chinese to a group of children. I could go on and on, but I hope that in reading these things you get a sense of how amazing this experience was and that you will be inspired for your own trip.