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The hardest part about living abroad as an expart

The Hardest Part About Living Abroad

Life as an expat is wonderful, but it has its difficulties too. Here’s my “confession” of the thing I’ve found hardest to cope with living abroad.

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Thanksgiving in Taipei 2015

Dear Taipei, What do Thanksgiving, a French restaurant, an Aussie, a Taiwanese woman and November 28th have in common? Well, apart from sounding like the pilot of an underrated, but utterly hilarious indie drama on a community channel, not a whole lot a part from the Thanksgiving dinner which ensued yesterday. Last night my friend […]

How to find your feet in Taipei

Dear Taipei, My article about Finding your feet in Taipei was published today! I’d appreciate if you check it out if you are interested 🙂 It goes through rather comprehensively the various groups, events and opportunities which are on offer in Taipei to help you settle in and establish a support network. I think feeling […]

Days 5, 6 and 7: Road trip!

Dear Taipei, I have to be honest, I’m so sad that out of the four Chinese words/phrases I know- “hello”, “thank you”, “yes” and the newly acquired “Happy (Chinese) New Year”, I can’t use the latter anymore. I became basically fluent in Chinese for a good couple of days over the Chinese New Year period […]

Day 4, Part B: Carb loading

Dear Taipei, I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to get a bit worried about how amazing your food is. Not only is it so flavoursome, but so bloody cheap that I am eating (literally) at least double what I ate before. Which is a cause for concern because that was a I-can-eat-a-whole-pizza-for-myself-thank-you-please-pass-the-sauce-again kind of […]

Day 4, Part A: Zentangled

Dear Taipei, Do you ever wonder, like me, what people are capable of beneath their outwards appearance? Whether the sternly looking businessman is in fact a budding songwriter? Or that person who bored you to death with their words, can give the most sensational musical performance? It’s so easy to take people at face value, […]

Day 3: Meeting new and old friends

Dear Taipei, It’s been 10 days since I’ve arrived and it’s been pretty non-stop. I feel like I’m not really doing that much, but as I write this, I realise I guess I am doing quite a lot! Yes, my days so far pretty much only consist of settling in, hanging out with friends, seeing […]