the londoner is gone. the frenchies are gone. soon it will be your turn as the date for your flight to texas approaches.
you refuse to leave without doing one thing.
thanks to couchsurfing, you find a group of people that like rocks.
even better, some of them already know the rocks here at longdong.
the shell of a dead crab.
this can only mean one thing.
you are where the mountains meet the sea. again.
where the waves, coming from who knows where, are stopped as they crash into the rocks here.
in taiwan this happens quite often.
if there is a mountain, the sea is not far. and if there is the sea, the mountain is not far.
as you reflect about all the searching in france you did – the alps, the mediterranean, the normandy cliffs, the atlantic…
how could you have forgotten that the best spot for where the two meet was all along in the country of your parents?
you take a break from thinking and instead focus on climbing.
however you spend most of your time watching and socializing.
because you are out of shape. it has been a few months since you climbed, and these rocks start at where your limit ends.
but then you wonder if its because you’re climbing without your favorite climbers.
it just isn’t the same, and you miss them so much.
no excuses, mental or physical. you are just out of shape. and now you’ve got motivation to get back into it and improve your technique. you can’t just do one, both are necessary.
in the beginning its just the five of you.
but by the afternoon its a climbing party.
a dip for those who become too hot.
it seems, that wherever you are in the world, people who like rocks tend to find other people who like rocks. perhaps linked to the fact that climbing is not a solitary sport – a team is always needed, for safety reasons.
as a bonus, climbers are generally good people.
very good people.
they inspire you, always.
you say goodbye to taiwan with the best feeling – inspired.
to improve, to push yourself, to change, to continue.
perhaps one day, you’ll come crashing to a stop in front of a mountain as well.