Friday, July 10, 2009
The speed of normalcy
It always surprises me how quickly I can adjust to new circumstances, and how quickly my environment becomes "normal". Whenever I have moved to a new place, or to camp, or whatever, I have become acclimated to my surroundings with surprising speed. Even in this trip to Taiwan, which is still a culture shock, things have become fairly normative in only two weeks here. Granted, it has been easier because I have been traveling with my wife, who has lived here before, but it still surprises me how easily this transition has come. I already have some favourite places to eat and to shop, and there is a feeling of "home" even after this short time. I suppose that shows me that I can easily make changes, and that I will be able to handle living overseas sometime. It's comforting to know that I can do this well, and with relative rapidity. And now we're off to one of our new favourite watering holes for "pi gio" - you can guess how normal that will be over the next few weeks.