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An end is also a beginning

It is only natural that my desire to write personal articles rise and fall in accordance with what is going on in my life in general. It also matters how much time I spend on writing other things and what I do apart from writing. Since I returned from Taiwan two years ago, my life has been fairly stable and I have only felt that there are a few things I feel I have to share with you. I have also spent hundreds of hours developing Hacking Chinese, writing articles and managing the website.

Therefore, it’s only natural that I haven’t written much about my personal life for quite a while. I have only written fourteen articles this year and most of them have dealt with language learning in one way or another. This is likely to change next Monday.

I’m leaving Sweden again, heading over to Taipei (Taiwan) for a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a second language (華語文教學研究所) at NTNU. This will be a major challenge in many ways. I will leave many people and many things I love in Sweden and I will have to establish myself again in a foreign country. Perhaps Taiwan isn’t all that alien to me, I have already lived there for two years, but it’s still very far from home. On top of this, I will need to survive a master’s degree entirely in Chinese. I’m not sure exactly how hard this will be, but it will definitely challenge my Chinese ability.

In fact, my life has already become much more turbulent because of this, which generates all sorts of thoughts and feelings. Some of these I prefer to keep to myself, others I prefer to write about. Apart from this, I also feel the need to write about other things than language learning. These may or may not be related to my upcoming Taiwan adventure, but this website is still the best outlet for such writing.

In any case, this should be regarded as a starting point of a more active period of writing. I predict that I will have more things to share and more things to write about. I also think that people are more inclined to read what I write when I’m in Taiwan rather than in Sweden. Last time I was in Taiwan, the website worked as a window to Sweden and to everyone who wants to know what’s going on, but with whom I don’t speak directly on a regular basis. I don’t promise I will write about everything interesting that happens or that everything I write will be interesting, but this is definitely the place to check if you want to to follow my journey eastward. Stay tuned!

  1. Sara K.’s avatar

    Sounds exciting.

    When you have free time, you should drop by Taoyuan (Daxi and Fuxing townships are particularly worth visiting). Also, if you want company, I’d be interested in meeting you in Taipei.


  2. Xhakhal’s avatar

    Even if we haven’t really talked much since you got back from Taiwan the last time, I’m still a bit sad to see you go. Not as much as I’m excited for you though! And it’s going to be a delight following your blog again, and strange without the daily IRC supplements.
    I hope you have fun, and write often.