a souvenir from Taiwan

I got a souvenir from my English classmate.
She visited Taiwan this time. She often goes abroad, and she always gives us some souvenirs and her traveling stories. I've never been abroad since I was pregnant, so I look forward to listening to her.

It is said that Taiwan is famous for pineapple cakes. I tried it and it was nice. A part of the package was written in Japanese. She told us that many people were very kind to her and she enjoyed sightseeing as well as foods, but she complained about the smell which was from fermented Tofu or something like that in the night market and a sewer in the suburbs.

She seemed to talk with some Taiwanese in English there. I envy her because it seems that learning English is useful for her to travel, while I hardly have chance to talk with foreigners except in English class. I talked to a Chinese by chance when I traveled around Hachiman-zaka slope in Hakodate about a month ago though.
Should I wait for foreign tourists at sightseeing spots here to speak English?
No way!

a pineapple cake

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Should I wait for foreign tourists at sightseeing spots here to speak English?

I think this was very common in the 1990s and 2000s and is still common now. Japanese often approached anyone foreign and said "Will you speak English with me?" Sometimes they just tried it anyway. I heard it happened to many Western people many times a day.

I don't think good idea... because sometimes people don't speak English, or maybe they don't want to be bothered.

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Hi, Always visiting.

Thank you for your comment.
I remember I approached a foreigner to speak English when I visited Kyoto on junior high school trip. It was the first experience for me.
However it's difficult for me now, because yes, I don't want to bother them and sometimes they speak Japanese very well.


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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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