Things We’ve Learned in Taiwan: Part 1

We’ve been in Taiwan around 20 days, so now we know everything about it right? WRONG. We are constantly surprised by things we see and learn about this nation, and over a series of posts, we would like to share them with you. We live in a more rural town, so some of these things may not apply in the big cities like Taipei. None of these are deal breakers, we have loved our time here thus far; but if they piqued our interest, maybe they will yours.

Presenting, in no particular order: Things We’ve Learned!

#1. There aren’t fourth floors. The Chinese word for four is very similar to the word for death, so rather than have a “death floor” you skip from the 3rd to the 5th floors. (we live on the 8th floor, whew) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetraphobia

#2. A lot of their bathrooms don’t have toilets. My job included (not sure about women’s). It’s either a urinal, or inside of the stall is a hole in the floor. I think it flushes, maybe. It’s going to have to be one of those days for me to try that out. I hope my aim isn’t off.

#3. Shower curtains aren’t a standard fixture for many people in the more rural areas. Or bathtubs for that matter. We looked at a few different apartments before deciding on this one. One of them had a bathroom, without a bath. There was a drain in the middle of the room, and a shower head hooked up to the sink. That was a pretty quick nope from us. So after we purchased a shower curtain in the last few days, we mentioned how happy we were to a few people about it, and that’s when we were told that we were kind of weird for even getting one of them. Our bathroom has the drain in the middle of the floor, but that seems like a pain to me. I don’t know, call me crazy.

#4. Also, if you like your T.P. in roll form, you might be looking for a while. Instead, it is sold as toilet tissue, which I have always heard people call it, but now it makes perfect sense. I never knew toilet paper was sold any other way, but you pull out the next piece like you would a Kleenex.

Maybe each post will have a theme, I just realized how many bathroom related things were just mentioned. At least we got the bathroom post out of the way then.

That’s all for this edition of Things We’ve Learned About Taiwan Bathrooms, we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.

I’ll leave you with a picture of a product we saw in a supermarket. I’m not sure what it is, but leave a comment and let us know if you would try it.

Vegetarian Nut Floss! Absolutely unrelated to this post, but maybe someone knows what this is?
Vegetarian Nut Floss! Absolutely unrelated to this post, but maybe someone knows what this is?

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