【Our story – part 1】Meeting Mila for the first time

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Since I moved to Singapore for work, I flew back to Taiwan few times. Because I don’t like crowds, I had always avoided peak periods, choosing only an off-season time to come back for holidays.

At the end of 2013, my good friends A-Guang and Wengweng had their wedding ceremony held in Taipei. I just had to go there no matter what. I made an exception, bought an airplane ticket on New Year’s travel period and came back to attend their wedding.

Polish couchsurfer Aleksandra, who I met previously in Singapore, just happened to study in Taiwan that time. She has never attended a wedding in Taiwan, so I invited her to go with me. Few days after the ceremony, she invited me for New Year’s Eve supper. Beside me, there were also her Taiwanese friend Xiao`an and Malaysian friend Xiaorui. I met also another friend of Aleksandra, Polish girl Mila, who also were studying in Taiwan.

My first impression of her was that she is a bit shy, speaks very softly.

Mila was good at cooking and prepared a lot of Polish dishes for us. After we finished supper, we went together for a New Year’s concert near Taipei 101. On the way, I had a chance to have a deeper conversation with her. After she graduated from Chinese Studies Department of University of Warsaw, she came to Taiwan to first study Chinese at NTNU for one year, and later enter master’s degree program. Before, Mila studied at music school ten years. When she told me that she can play some Chinese instruments like for example bamboo flute, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Talking with her was really interesting. She was always speaking very sincerely, with a bashful smile on her face.




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