(UNIQUE實習生 黃同學 中山醫職能治療系)
Kevin Tsai ever said that " It will not build up the global vision to go aboard; but you will broaden your horizons if you experience more about the different life style."
Living in Italy, we will experience different environment and lifestyle from the past life in Taiwan. It seems to restart a new journey in your life. I thought I would be afraid of foreign environment, but in fact, I was excited and curious about everything. Even if I only learned a few Italian for greetings and introducing myself, I constantly repeated to introduce myself and say "Piacere, Piacere" with shaking hands, just like a child. From clerk, waiter to the dormitory guards, all of them were my targets to practice my poor Italian. That's the start of my journey, Api Huang's Fantasy Journey.
Experiencing the group life in foreigner country is a treasure for the fresh graduate. Leaving our comfortable zone, Taiwan, the TIP members were my family in Italy. All of us came from all around, from different life background and different value gathering together and we can find out different perspective on each other. For example, I found the confidence and literacy from Caterina; the kind and down-to-earth from Katia; the creation and practice from Dandan. All of the personality that we met can make yourself to re-examine the past and present life and be the treasure that worthy to experience in mind.
If you ask me that what did you learn in these five months, I can't make sure how much I learned and how much knowledge I obtained. But exactly, I can be sure that I found and saw many different vision that I never experienced in my past life and I found that I can be different.
To have an internship in UNIQUE, I can find the different professional knowledge and the different working concept. Because our boss is always busy, we must be active on our job and try to create the meeting chance even if just only five minutes. The prospect that our boss gave us makes us trust that we still have the creation and we are not just only an errand boy. To be in the concept of slow food, we can find the respective on food for Italian. From realizing the ingredients to knowing how to cook, you need to know and realize what you are eating and to experience how to deeply taste the delicious food between different ingredients; In the coffee culture of Italy, you can find the persistence and protection for Italy and their citizens. Not only they have huge passion and deep love on espresso, but also their persistence on the taste makes there is no chance to enter Italy for Starbucks. This is a sense of persistence.
Moreover, after traveling many different countries, I deeply experienced that even if English is the international language, I think if we want to immerse ourselves to the local culture, we must to learn the local language. At least, we need to learn the basic social conversation, such as “hello”, “thank you” , “bye” and so on. Maybe that is a concept of basic respect to the country. I think when you pay the basic respect to the people or the country, you will gain more different experience than your expectations.
Although we only found and experienced the small part of the country, the experience of the fantasy Italia Journey is belong to me, I stepped out; I experienced by my heart and I got my sight.