At Da Ai, I got to chat with a couple of people, who both seemed very nice.
One girl, the previous anchor for the English show, was a theater major from Texas. She is Taiwanese. After a bit into the conversation, she said to me, "You sound like Mary Poppins."
Mary Poppins? The crazy nanny that flies around in umbrellas and puffy skirts of various colors? I didn't say it, but I guess my eyebrows showed it.
"No, I mean, like Julie Andrews. You sound really good."
That made my day. I was so happy.
After that, I went to translate an article and she disappeared somewhere.
After voicing over the article, I talked to the new anchor, who just arrived from another TV station. She was quite nice, straightforward and sincere, and not much older than me. She has been back in Taiwan for a year now, same as me. She was recruited into her previous station to be an anchor when she was a project manager in a totally different industry. But once she was on board, she was basically left out to dry. I had several, similar experiences with that station, only I didn't join them. Then we got to talking about careers, and I told her what I wanted to do, and she went through several ideas to try to help me figure out a way to get to where I want to go. I haven't met such a kind person in a long, long time. She was extremely encouraging as well. I think we may have quite a few things to talk about.
I'm really looking forward to working with her. Will this be my first real friend I've made on my own in Taiwan? We'll see!