It might be hard to say hello. It would be even harder to say goodbye.
The moment I arrived at Mingdao High School, I was warmly welcomed by my host buddy @ricki610309 and her family. In the following days, my initial impression of the Taiwanese had further been strengthened. I was integrated into local culture by their hospitality: they prepared breakfast for me every morning, took me out to try great food and this really has helped me to truly appreciate another lifestyle. They did everything they could to enrich my homestay—it was as if I had become part of my host family. And I must say I have enjoyed myself incredibly.
It was rather alarming how we were assumed not to know how to speak Chinese (well). This reflects the need to always be connected to our roots. Being a Chinese who cannot speak Chinese would be made a joke out of you.
One of my most embarrassing moments was when their English teacher noticed that I had omitted a stroke while writing my surname on the board. Although this mistake may seem trivial, it isn't so small after all. This incident highlights the technicality of written language. Being accustomed to simplified Chinese, I had not taken enough notice of traditional Chinese and therefore made a mistake.
As a guest, I am especially grateful to all those who have fulfilled my experience and objectives of this trip. This emotion simply cannot be described by words; it exists at a higher, abstract level.
The opportunity to participate in this exchange programme is invaluable. Even if I had not shown it, it was a pain in the heart to bid farewell to the Taiwanese buddies. I believe that the bonds forged during this journey will continue to live on and become everlasting friendships. These few days were short but the fond memories made and shared experiences among my friends will last long.
I have told you my story. What's yours?
Go out there and explore the world. Learn about people from different places and their lives; that's how we become more human.
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