After coming to Taipei, Taiwan, I have encountered a wonderful culture in terms of how to maintain a life-work balance. The Taiwanese are the best people I have seen, when it comes to balance their lives, work, and even diets. They are so balanced, that they drink warm water, instead of cold, in order to maintain the balanced temperature within their bodies. Before coming to Taiwan, an island with 23 million people, I expected it to have a quite stressful, rushed, and "speedy" environment. It is the total opposite, people are so calm, and even the Metro station is a place to relax. The train/Metro-station is surrounded by healing music, in order for the citizens to have their attention down to their feet before/after a long work-day.
Family Visit & Spring Break
My dad Erik and his girlfriend Maria came to visit Taiwan for 1.5 weeks, thus staying in Taipei for the two weekends, and bicycling in Taiwan the weekdays between. The feeling of having family visit from the other side of the globe is unbelievable and surreal. Over the two last years I have seen family and friends probably less than the average 20 year old, but then it feels even more special when re-united. Also, I am not planning to live on the other side of the globe forever. Down below are some of the places we went during our Spring Break.
Matsu Festival & Pilgrimage
This is definitely my biggest culture shock so far. Amongst of the places we went, but that there is no pictures of in this post, is the Matsu Festival. In Taiwan people volunteer to walk a 9-days long pilgrimage, where they are following their God Matsu. This experience had me face the biggest cultural shock in Taiwan so far, because the spirituality was at a whole other level. There was fire-crackers, people dressing up after their God, and families leaving food outside their homes, locals that wandered with the Matsu figure, in order to get blessings for life.