(義大利 TUCEP實習生 會研所 鍾同學)
When I have a problem, I will solve it by myself. I don’t like to bother someone to help me. I like to use the internet to find the answer. I like to stay at home all day and watch TV or movies. My friends say I am a homebody. Before I came to here, I thought that Europe is a highly developed place. Here must have many high-tech products. So I thought that I should take a 4G smartphone before I came to Italy. When I came to here, the truth is that here are not many places with the 4G signal. Even the 3G signal is very weak in some time and the WI-FI signal in the dormitory is weak too. That’s not what I thought.
I thought the internet had anything I wanted, but when I came out from Taiwan, I just realized that there was something different from the information on the internet. Sometimes you should see with your own eyes. You need to experience it by yourself. When we in Germany, people always thought the train was very punctual. But when we took the train from Frankfurt to Amsterdam, the first train was delayed and we missed the next train. The result was we went to Amsterdam two hours late. And the people said Paris is a city with romance, but we only saw many freeloaders in the subway and some people just crossed the gate in front of me. I even heard that there don’t have any mosquito, but I killed many of them in the dormitory.
Here comes the good side. The Italian is very kind when we got a lost and asked the way to them. Even they didn’t understand English, they still wanted to help us with their body language. In Holland, we made a friend who leased his house to us and discussed the itinerary with us. He even leased his chip cards to us and helped us to save 7 Euros. In Italy, there are many maintenance of attractions. But because of that in the Trevi Fountain of Rome, we can go more close to that statuary. It’s very lucky for us. Before I came to Italy, I knew that Italian like coffee and there are many types of coffee. But when I really came to here, I just realized how crazy are the Italian. Like my colleague, she can drink the coffee five times a day. When we went to the coffee shop, the types of coffee are more than ten types. Each of them is different, but they have one thing in common that is all the types are good to drink.
Those pictures of attractions on the internet looked very beautiful to me. But when you actually are there, it could become totally different. Just like when we went to the Blue Grotto in Italy, the view and the feel we're totally different from those pictures which I Google on the internet. In those five months, we had some difficulties, but also had some goods. Each of the trips in there was planned by ourselves. We had each and we just like a family, a big family. Travel makes a wise man better. There is something that school didn’t teach. You can only experience it by yourself. Because of this TIP program, let me know I still have room for improvement. I want to say thank you to professor Hsu and this TIP program. It really Broaden my Horizons and I will try to live colorfully for myself.