Project/activity ideas for expat
October 22, 2011 10:12 AM Subscribe
I'm living in the capital city of a foreign country whose language I have only just begun to learn. I want some sort of project or activity that I can work on to pass the time and keep me (even superficially) engaged with my surroundings instead of spending all my free time in my room.
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I welcome any suggestions anyone can offer. If any of these details are relevant, I'm a mid-twenties male in Taipei, Taiwan. Most of my free time is at night and on weekends.
Ideas I've had: blog of some kind (not food, not travel, not "crazy foreign weirdness"), photography (haven't really done this before; any ideas or resources for specific photography projects?), learning xiangqi to play with old men in the street (but this has a lot of solitary start-up time while I get to a plausible level). My main interests, which this project/activity need not be related to at all, are fiction, poetry, film, history, politics, sociology, and philosophy.
This is definitely not a requirement, but it would be nice if I could produce something of at least minimal practical or entertainment value to other people, as this gives the activity a clear purpose besides it just being something to do, and also makes it outward-facing in a way that's appealing to me in my currently somewhat lonely state. (Like, I've really enjoyed writing Wikipedia articles in the past in part because of their potential usefulness by people I imagine to be like myself, but that doesn't fulfill the current desideratum of helping keep me engaged with my surroundings.)
(Anonymous because I don't want my location linked to my account.)