A Brief Report from the Great Taiwan Toilet Paper Panic of 2018

Each country must face its own test of fire. No Taiwanese will ever forget the last week of February 2018, known as The Great Taiwan Toilet Paper Panic. 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 →

MSW Interviews – Project Taiwan Dog Rescue

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  While studying abroad in Taiwan, I couldn’t help but notice how much the Taiwanese love their dogs.  On any given day, I could see a happy, well-taken-care-of dog walking around Taipei city with his owner, taking in the sights just as I was. Alas, I also became aware of another sad but true circumstance: for every happy dog I saw, there seemed to be an Continue Reading →