東海大學 會計系 張同學
我很慶幸自己能進入義大利國際時尚服裝知名品牌Brunello Cucinelli，第一次進公司就像愛麗絲夢遊仙境一般，還有司機接送我上下班，公司還給我一台專屬電腦。我的工作是負責協助歐洲國家分店員確認每天的消費款項是否有錯、寄發daily report給其他合作公司、隨時更新美國貨款的追蹤編號、翻譯一些合約和訂貨單、整理呈報給主管的預算資料等等。同事都會說英文，溝通上面是沒有問題的，也很照顧我，但他們休息時間還是會習慣說義大利文，喝咖啡或是吃飯時間我常常聽不懂，一句話都搭不上，為了拉近與他們之間的距離，我嘗試著主動問問題來製造話題，一方面能了解他們的工作內容、生活習慣、價值觀等等，也可以同時分享我們的文化，讓更多人認識台灣，這時才發現兩國之間的差異真的很大，但學習用他們的方式生活也是另一種體驗，例如吃飯時間和習慣的不一致、咖啡和酒當手搖飲在喝、學著侃侃而談。當網路的酸民、喜歡模仿綜藝節目冷嘲熱諷的戲劇效果的人越來越多，都造成了我們台灣人普遍的不夠自信，但在這裡，他們不會給予過多不必要的評論，而是很認真、尊重地傾聽，即使不認同也會給予你肯定而不害羞的眼神，這是我在義大利人身上看到的熱情與大方。
Life begins when we leave the comfort zone. Waiting for three years, the long-awaited Italian dream has finally come true. It was not an accident chance, nor is it to prove something. I just wanted to go, to go abroad. I have had a big disadvantage: thinking too less. But thats why I could go abroad this unknown adventure bravely.
It is my pleasure to enter into Brunello Cucinelli. It is an Italian luxury fashion brand which sells menswear, women's wear and accessories in Europe, North America and East Asia. When I first went to our company, it was really amazing, just like the movie “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”. Surprisingly, I had a driver who picked me up for work every day and the company also gave me a personal laptop. It was really good benefits. My work is in charge of analyzing the cash check about the daily report in Europe stores. In addition, I have worked on updating the tracking number in America and checking the invoices in Japan, including the duties, transportations, insurance and so on. I have also translated some contracts in Taiwan from Chinese into English. My colleagues all can speak English very well so that we can communicate fluently. And they are nice, generous, and really take care of me. However, they are still used to speak Italian during our coffee time and lunch time. I couldn’t understand and speak anything at first. In order to close to them, I tried to make some topics, like asking them some questions about their works, lives and some values. Meanwhile, I would share our cultures to let more people know about Taiwan. I found that it was really different between Italy and Taiwan but it was another kind of experience to live for Italian-style. For example, eating time and habits, drinking coffee and wine often, chatting without being shy or embarrassed. When more and more people like to review some bad words on the Internet or say some bad joke from Taiwan's entertainment shows, it cause that most of Taiwan people are not confident. In Italy, no one will give us too much comments but listen what I say carefully and seriously. Even sometimes they don’t accept it, they still respect us with a sure look. This is their passion and generosity I have seen in Italians.
Before going to Italy, I was very impressed that our senior at a sharing session once said, “Be a flexible person.” It becomes a word that often reminds me of contradictions in my future life. We should become any kind of shape, just like a rubber band, whether facing to Italians or my Taiwanese friends. We were seven Taiwanese people living together. We all went to work and got off work every day, just like a family. Still, we had some conflicts about our different habits sometimes. Fortunately, eating dinner together became an emotional bridge. Everyone would share some things about the works and the lives. Also, it was a good time to solve some problems or misunderstands. People are a complicated but ultimately group animal. Friends are a kind of interpersonal relationship other than family, relatives. How to achieve a balanced and harmonious relationship between people, we are all still learning.
Perugia is a safe and simple city. People in there are really nice and kind. We usually visited other big cities on weekends. And I could truly realize the racial discriminations and the cold treatments, such as realistic Venice businessmen, indifferent Romans, and Milan thieves. Encountering thrilling adventures in various places makes me feel happy to be born in Taiwan. Yet, it also seems to make my heart stronger. There is nothing to be feared when I meet other difficulties. Sometimes it is a good thing to believe that you are lost on the right path. Travel is the only thing that makes us richer.
It is not my first time to Italy, but it is a place where I will cry, smile, miss when I memory it. Because of Italy, it has taken me through many gorgeous adventures that only I know.