When I took my first trip overseas alone, I came back with an intestinal illness that put me in the hospital for three days, I got lost in the jungle, and I got attacked by a bat while caving and had to get rabies shots. My mother said to me “I bet you’ll never want to travel again.” I told her I couldn’t wait to get back on the road. Despite all the things that happened, I loved Costa Rica and I fell in love with traveling.
That experience describes my time in Taiwan. There’s been a lot of bad things that have happened. I got dumped by a girl I really liked. It is always raining. The visa situation here has been very complex and time consuming. The kids at my school are wild and don’t listen. The food is less than stellar and I got dumped by a girl I really liked. (Did I mention that already? Oh yeah I did. Well, I just wanted to emphasize how much it sucks! It’s probably karma for my last breakup…but anyways…)
I decided to leave Taiwan when my current visa has expired. Getting a resident visa here has proven very complex and expensive. It’s not worth the time or money for a job I am not going to stay long with anyways. Given the other recent events too, it’s time to move on. I have nothing left to really keep me here.
But it wasn’t all bad. I met some really great people who I will stay in touch with. I got to experience a place I had never been to and I found that there are places crazy enough in the world to offer people all you can drink alcohol. I’ve had a lot of fun here- more than I thought I would. Taipei has pleasantly surprised me and I would recommend visiting it to everyone.
Leaving early means I won’t get to explore the island like I had hoped and I have serious catching up to do with my sightseeing so I can get it all in before I leave. I’m going to join my friend in Bali at the end of the month before heading back to Thailand. I have some serious web and seo work to catch up on so I can afford traveling Europe this summer.
Eventually, I’ll spit out some interesting posts about seeing stuff in Taipei but for now, my life moves on.