Self Realizations From Living Abroad: I’m A Tourist

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, click here. Winter was an exciting time in Taipei for a few reasons; it was nearly time for lunar new year, it was too cold for mosquitoes to keep tormenting me, and lastly, my family was coming to visit and take me on a little trip around Taiwan! To say I was beyond thrilled would Continue Reading →

Self Realizations from Living Abroad: Taipei is Beautiful

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, click here. Opening tangent: I realize I’ve lagged tremendously on posting this installment.  I know it sounds odd, but every time I sit down to write, all kinds of emotions just swarm over me, overloading my brain and taking me back to Taipei in a very real and sobering way.  You see, in normal life, Continue Reading →

Self Realizations from Living Abroad: Chance Encounters

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, please click here. Via a few texts back and forth (nobody in Asia actually talks on the phone, we just text, it’s just what we do over there. God forbid anyone ever leave me a voicemail. You think I know how to check it? ha!)  we had scheduled a meet-up.  I hopped in a cab, Continue Reading →

Self Realizations from Living Abroad: Meeting Fellow Expats

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  Click here for the previous post in this series. After the typhoon blew through Taipei, life returned to normal. Classes resumed, and I had spent a considerable amount of time working on my assignment: giving my classmates details of my hometown in Mandarin.  This was going to be an easy one for me.  I loved talking about LA.  Everyone knew where it Continue Reading →

Self-Realizations from Living Abroad: I Can Eat Anything

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, please click here. The fall had fallen on Taipei.  This made me particularly happy because now, I could wear pants and limit the area available to mosquitoes to just my toes (and my! How they partook gladly of what was left), and I could finally break out those boots from home I had previously been Continue Reading →

Self-Realizations from Living Abroad: I’m A Giant

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, please click here. The next few weeks were a blur of new and exciting things.  I had a room in an apartment, and a well-connected roommate who served as the link between me and what would be all of my new friends in Taipei, as well as a few language exchange partners to help me ease into Continue Reading →

Self-Realizations From Living Abroad: I’m A Foreigner

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, please click here. As the sun rose on day two, I had already been up for hours plotting my next move – the one thing jet-lag is useful for. I had one day left in the hotel, and I didn’t want to extend my stay, as cash was scarce.  But before I could make any Continue Reading →