Hi, it’s me again, Matthew, the intern from Wf360. Today I will follow up my blog from last week, which was called “Global Experiences Part II”. I think I already told you a lot about the comparison with New York City and China, Shenzhen, nevertheless this will be the final one, even though there are much more topics to write about. I will be sharing my living experiences in New York and Shenzhen, China. This blog will cover another exciting topic, so brace yourself!
Guest Family House - Baldwin
Here during my time in NY, I live in Baldwin, a small town on Long Island, not far away from Manhattan. You can take the train, Long Island Rail Road, which is clean and quick (you can be in the heart of Manhattan in about 50min). In Baldwin I live in a big house with two other roommates and our host mother, an old retired, warmhearted woman. It is a small but nice town with a beautiful residential area and cute little shops. My two roommates are lovely and nice, one is from Japan and the other one is from Taiwan. Unfortunately my Taiwanese roommate left last Thursday and is now back in Taiwan.
Nevertheless, the advantage of a guest family is the direct contact with other people and the constant interaction with them in the normal life. You can improve your social skills and learn so much about other countries and cultures. I most definitely recommend this, as I have learned a great deal about the Japanese and the Taiwanese. The other part is the fact that you live in a native speaking family and so you can improve your English everyday, especially in normal life situations. This is a nice experience and a good way to spend my months in New York.
Youth Hostel - Shenzhen
Compared to this, I want to share something about my accommodation in Shenzhen, which was also nice but completely different. The company I was working for during my stay in Shenzhen told me that it would be nice and cheap to stay in a youth hostel. I had no experience in that field and a hotel for 3 months was too expensive, so I decided to take their advice. I shared my room and bathroom with 5 other people. If you want privacy then a hostel is definitely the wrong place to stay but on the other hand this is a good opportunity to meet new people and make new contacts. It was absolutely a good place to live with WiFi, good food, lockers, clean rooms as well as a laundry room and a library, which is not common for a youth hostel.
To be honest, I would recommend both accommodation possibilities as I’ve had positive experience with both. However you want to stay in a foreign country, the best outcome is meeting new people and learning new cultures.
Guest Family Dinner - Baldwin