Being back in Taiwan after two years…

Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your time in the UK. I finished my internship in London and am back in Taiwan to spend my last summer of university with my family. As you can see in the title, I haven’t been back home for two years due to the pandemic and my internship.

Lucky for me that the Taiwanese government has loosened the quarantine policy, I was only required to do 3+4 days of self-isolation. And the first thing I wanted to do after finishing my isolation was to enjoy the traditional street food in my neighbourhood. It is the most simple but also the hardest thing to find when you are abroad. I tried the pig’s blood cake, noodle soup, scallion pancake, sweet tofu and Taiwanese fried chicken. It is very interesting to me to realise how I’ve changed my idea for traditional street food. Before studying abroad, all these food are just normal meals for me to fill up my stomach. But now, being away from home after all these years, I start appreciating the typical street food and even view them as a form of connection with my hometown. I guess the 10-year-old me would never understand the feeling and sentiment value of the food. When sharing this with other international students, everyone can relate to my feeling and understand why I start feeling sentimental about food. Even though I chose to study abroad and won’t have as much time as domestic students to spend time with their families, I have never regretted this decision. On the contrary, I enjoyed studying abroad and it has been an amazing 5-years studying at the University of Surrey. I am glad that I was brave enough to step out of my comfort zone and made the decision to live and pursue studies in another country. Time flies, I am about to enter the final year this September. I am excited to go back to academics after a year of working in a professional environment, I am looking forward to more growth and fun when starting the university and will keep everyone updated about the progress of my job hunting and life at university.

Before that, I hope everyone has a good and enjoys your summer wherever you are.