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The companies we visited were interesting, some included Jonnesway Enterprise Co. and Kenos Industrial Co. I don’t have a strong desire to work in the manufacturing industry, but talking to the managers really opened my eyes to the world of doing business internationally in my future career. The passion that the workers had for their jobs and the work they performed was something that was very unique to me. I feel like so many Americans I know go through the motions in their jobs everyday but don’t find a great amount of joy in it. But everywhere we went no matter if it was a restaurant or our enterprise visits they take a great pride in what they do. They are constantly asking your opinion of the product and if you’re not satisfied they’re eager to learn what they can do to make it better for you. It’s so personal. They want each and every customer to leave satisfied. They can’t seem to stop talking about their work. Their faces just seem to light up when they talk about the work they do everyday and that’s always something I’ve admired. I have yet to find what I want to do with my life, but I know when I figure it out I want to be that passionate about it. I also learned the lesson of doing your research before meeting with a client. Study their culture and maybe their social media pages to find out their interests. Learn about them before you meet them so you already feel a connection with them. In Asian culture, this relationship takes time to build but when you establish it, they serve as a long time client. It’s interesting to me just how big food culture is in Asia. Everything revolves around food. The events they have, the business deals they make. Joseph Liao, the President of Jonnesway, made this apparent. He said he watches what people order and everything and judges their character just on that. You need to study up on the mannerisms before going over to make sure you don’t do anything to offend a potential client. China is such a big economy that I found by the end of the trip that I want to continue my learning of the language. I think that there are great opportunities that lie in Asia in the business world and I want to be able to communicate to find those. I’m excited to keep learning and hope to visit again soon.


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We had news about a week in advance that there was a huge typhoon coming and just our luck it was supposed to hit Saturday AKA the day we are supposed to leave. We prepared (slightly) by buying some snacks and water but wow I was not prepared for what actually came. The wind was so strong it felt like our windows were going to crack at any time. If that wasn’t enough to rile up the nerves we were awakened at 2 am to the sound of glass crashing to the ground and shattering completely.  The sound of the glass was continuous and little by little all of the glass was out of the window pane. Shortly after that the power flickered on and off for about an hour, then finally went out completely leaving us without air conditioning as well as without a filtered water dispenser. I chose to sleep in the middle room that didn’t have windows just to stay on the safe side. At about 6 am the wind had let down enough for me to feel comfortable laying in my bed. We then woke up again at about 9 am dripping with sweat, WE HAD CONQUERED TYPHOON SOUDELOR!! IMG_9528[1]

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Last night a few of us went and celebrated our last few days here (hopefully). While we were all out we were all talking about our favorite memories and the things we liked. The responses included the food, Taipei, and the main thing we all loved, Greta. She has helped us so much throughout this process. Without her, I don’t think any of us could have survived. While I was listening to some of the responses I was thinking what I really liked about this trip. I came with the conclusion that one of my favorite parts was becoming closer with the people from Ashland. Coming on this trip, most of us barley knew anything about each other (excluding what we learned in class). But having to spend six weeks with each other, we have all grown closer to each other. We have all learned or changed in one form or another. Hopefully, when we get back to AU, we will continue to talk about our experiences and laugh at all of the silly moments we have had. I know I will urge other students to come on this trip, so they can experience some of the moments our group did. Pictured below is from the start of the trip to the end. (Kara isn’t in the first because she hates Ohio) (Not really she lives in Minnesota) beg End

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It’s the day before we leave. Or is it? Typhoon Soudelor is making its way towards Taiwan as I type. It’s the biggest storm of the year with winds up to 218 miles per hour, which is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane. Right now it’s not too bad though with some wind and a little bit of rain. We’ve been suggested to stay at the dorm tonight as the storm will continue to get worse. Our coordinator offered to order us food and have it brought to the dorm so we don’t have to worry about going out for dinner. It was so nice of her to offer to have that done for us and shows that everyone here at Providence really cares about our safety. It’s hard to say right now if our flight home will get delayed. Since we don’t leave until Saturday evening we’ll miss the worst of the storm and might not have any problems getting home. Either way it’s pretty cool to be able to experience one last thing here in Taiwan. You never know what’s going to happen. Wish us luck on our travels home!


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My favorite thing about this study abroad experience is the ability we have to go explore. Last week, we found out that the country’s All Star Game and Home Run Derby were going to be taking place that Sunday. Being big fans of baseball, a few of us decided that it would be fun to go see some baseball while here.

We decided that we just wanted to go the Home Run Derby, otherwise we would have been there for 7 or 8 hours. We took the bus to a place where there is supposed to be a shuttle to the stadium, but we couldn’t find a shuttle… We ended up having to take a taxi to the Taiwan Intercontinental Baseball Stadium, which was an incredibly beautiful ballpark. We sat out in the left field bleachers and tried to catch a home run ball – but didn’t get any hit near us. After the Taiwanese players had their derby and determined a winner, some retired American players went out to take some swings to see if they could compete with the Taiwanese guys. These two players were Jason Giambi and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez!

Talk about a cool experience. Definitely one I won’t ever forget.

Austin W



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With only two more days left in Taiwan, looking back at the past six weeks we have created many memories. Throughout the trip we always dreaded all the pictures Greta took, but now I’m glad we took them so we can look back at the fun and wild experiences we had in Taiwan. I think the best part about this trip was getting to know so many new people,especially the ones from other countries such as Spain, Germany, and Switzerland. Though, in these last few weeks I’ve noticed how we have become more independent from each other and choose to venture out on our own. Personally, I never thought I’d feel comfortable enough to walk around a city by myself, but in Taichung it’s really no big deal. That says a lot about how friendly and safe it is in Taichung. It’s bittersweet to leave everyone I have met, but I am ready to get back into my normal routine in America. Lastly, I’m hoping our flight doesn’t get delayed or canceled from this typhoon that is expected to hit Friday night, but none of the locals seem to be too concerned.

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Taipei was a blast to say the least, i feel like we could have spent at least two weeks exploring all of the nooks and crannies n the city. We went to the National Palace Museum which showcased an enormous amount of ancient Chinese art (paintings, jade and coral). After lunch we went to a special exhibition they were holding at the museum showcasing the Liechtenstein Crown Jewels (tons of their most prized paintings). I loved this exhibition it was a much more appealing art style in my opinion. Next stop was Donghai where Bri and I shared an ice cream cone that was probably 10 inches tall! Of course we had to eat it super fast or else the hot sun would have melted it, so we had big brain freezes after but wow was it worth it!! We hopped on a boat and went to the Fishermans Wharf where we watched the sun set, what a beautiful sight! For dinner we went to this super cool restaurant that was run by a man we met in Hualien a few weeks earlier! There was even cake for Patty’s’ birthday which was made with tofu and soy milf but still delicious!!

The next day we got up and went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and raced up the stairs to watch the changing of the guards and interesting (boring) process to say the least. Next we hopped back on the subway to go to a Temple where they were celebrating a deities birthday so there were tons of people there all bringing food offerings for the god. Finally, after the temple we were headed to TAIPEI 101 yay. We walked in and it really just looked like any other shopping mall, but as you went up floors the prices went up and up. We found a Zara on the second floor and i was in heaven. Next we found a bakery and got THE most delicious pastries ever, chocolate covered and chocolate filled croissants. Then we just explored the mall walking through the designer stores or what we called “museums” because we could never buy any of that. 5 hours later we met up and went to the viewing deck on the 89th floor to look over the city what a view! The city really just goes on forever. After we watched the sun go down, we headed to forever 21, and then to the Taipei Fish Market to eat the best sushi in town!

The last day in Taipei we visited the Taipei zoo, first we checked out the super duper cute pandas who were in fact awake, which i guess isn’t such a common thing. Then we took the Moakong Gondola up the mountain for some delicious lunch! Later we went back to the zoo and saw tons of awesome animals, unfortunately they all looked really sad and some even looked malnourished so that put a bit of a damper on the day. When the zoo closed we left and headed to an art village outside of town. It was the cutest place ever and i wish we could have had more than an hour there, so many hand made crafts and arts there, it definitely seemed like the young hip place to be. We then hopped on our high speed train back to Taichung.

Back in Taichung for 3 full days. Hopefully the Typhoon doesn’t get in the way of leaving Saturday!

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