Let me start by introducing myself…
My name is María José, or for short and for friends I go by “Majo”, so from now on you can call me Majo since we are in someway connected...through Jia Jia, through Tainan or through Taiwan, meaning that we just became friends!!! :) YEEES, that easy! This is Taiwan!
My experience as an Intern at Jia-Jia-at West Market Hotel started a couple of weeks ago when I took the first plane out of the total 4 that I had to take to get here, ´cause you know Taiwan is literally in the other side of the world, at least from Mexico I should say.
I will start this story from the moment I took my 3rd flight, departing from Vancouver on my way to Hong Kong. Before I continue I should mention that my only previous experience abroad was my exchange year of high school in the USA and from what I learned in that time I was so eager on experiencing other ways of life (and work too). So coming back to me boarding the plane, I remember listening to the person talking on the microphone speaking in chinese while I walked down the corridor, in that moment it really hit me! I was about to cross the world and I will not be able to understand one single word because my knowledge of chinese language was zero, none, NADA!! So here I was, taking a video for my instagram stories (because I decided to document every single part of my journey), listening to a language I could not understand, and somehow smiling like crazy because it was the beginning of my taiwanese experience.
On April 7th, I arrived at Taoyuan International Airport at 7:50 p.m. My friend Chen Chen, whom I met while I was in the USA, was taking a flight to Spain on that same night and somehow our traveling schedules aligned so we were able to meet again. I met her parents and they told me they would help me buy my ticket for the final part of my journey, while we were trying to figure out which was the best way for me to go, her dad bought an EASY card for me (such a nice gesture and so taiwanese-like!). At the end, her flight was delayed till the next day and she was kind enough to helped me out in order for me to get to the Station where I had to take the High Speed Railway; so she rode the MRT with me, helped me buy my ticket and send me off to my final destination.
After a journey of two and a half days I finally arrived to the ever beautiful city of TAINAN, the place in which I would live for the next two months. Sherry, the nicest girl ever (from AIESEC NCKU) picked me up at the train station, she had even bought a hot chocolate for me! :)
I can definitely say that from the moment I set foot in the Formosa island I felt a warm welcome to this country. I don't know why or how but when I got here, I KNEW I WAS HOME!!