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Adventurer! ..to be?

As I have told you earlier, I’m a boring person who likes to follow rules and routines. I have noticed that I feel a bit uncomfortable here when I can’t read all the signs, so I can’t know if there is something I’m not supposed to do. In Finland I usually read most of the signs and I’m well aware what is expected behaviour. If I’m not, I might not even attend an event. I like to watch and learn before trying things myself. I want to know I’m doing things right before I do them.

I kind of thought that by coming here, I would become an adventurer. Just by changing the environment I could change myself. Weeeelll.. Not quite. I just noticed yesterday that me and my classmate are completely different with this. He is asking everything when I’m just trying to figure out myself just by looking. He is going to shops that clearly don’t operate in english and just trying to comminucate in some language when I’m just avoiding places where I think people don’t speak english. Soon, he might even know more chinese than me because he is always asking how can you say this and that while I just observe. Noticing this difference was a bit of shock to me, because I was thinking myself as a curious and outgoing person and I noticed that I’m still more of an observer than a doer.

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I even bought a shirt to remind me not to make all these excuses and just do things.

It took me a while to accept the situation and to decide that it is okay to be like this. At first I thought that I can’t be adventurer if I’m like this, but later I just decided to change the concept of adventurer in my head. Because I’m different from what I hoped to be doesn’t mean it is wrong. I can also change the way I act when I pay attention to it and try to not to be so overly cautious about everything.

Weather

We have had a really odd winter in Finland this year. Usually we have nicely snow and long times of cold weather. Now it is March and it feels like the end of April. Almost all of the snow have melted and we haven’t had any proper cold days in weeks. I have seen GREEN! Usually it is not until maybe end of this month when one can see some liveliness in nature.

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The end of the January in Finland 2014

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Winter 2013 was more like a normal one.

In Taiwan at the moment we have about 15-20 degrees of celcius and humidity is something between 60-95%. In a month this place will be a sauna. I felt a bit stupid when I packed some long sleeved shirts with me. “Come on, 15 degrees! It won’t need any of this stuff!” Then I came here and realized that humidity makes a world of difference. I have almost as much clothes on as in Finland when there is -10 degrees.. I’m not joking!

While walking and being on the move it’s not that bad, but when you slow down, or worse, stop! Then the cold creeps in. This humidity takes cold to the skin and sometimes I feel that it’s in my bones too. I have even have some thoughts about buying more warm clothes.

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This doesn’t look that cold does it?

In addition it raind all the time here. Well, not all the time, but a lot. Actually so much that is can be seen on the architecture. In Taipei they have rainsheds over the sidewalks. Only time you need your umberella is when you cross the street. I already broke my umberella a bit because I was opening and closing it so much while walking.

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There are the rainsheds supported by the pillars.

Right now we have a rain season here. I heard it is called the plumrains. It should end this month. After that other rain season will start. So I went to the one place where the weather is worse than in Finland? Lucky me..