yesterday you tried again. the first attempt didn’t work out, but the sky more than cleared up 24 hours later.
you had no problem with the weather for this ten kilometer hike from the shilin to neihu districts in taipei.
and how guilty you feel about how less and less painful it is each time you think about the country with its wings cut off.
with an intense blue sky. because of the rain the day before, the sky is clear. on a normal day it would be hazy thanks to taipei’s industrial side. but those drops cleans out all the pollutants and you have a view that turns mountains into layers.
make sure to keep your eyes lowered every now and then. if you spend too much time looking at views, butterflies, skies, flowers, and trees, you might come close to stepping on this slithering friend. a friend because he is harmless. just don’t confuse him with this one – he might actually hurt you.
your strategy is to jump backwards and stomp your feet to scare him back into the woods.
this is also why one should wear good protective shoes. just in case.
[warning – those links link to photos of snakes.]
it adds an unexpected amount of fun into this hike as you have missed those days of rock climbing in france so much.
up, down, left, right – have fun figuring this one out!
just like that, you’re back in taipei. oh wait, you actually never left it because this entire hike, from start to finish, was in taipei.
it only felt like it was somewhere far away. sometimes one forgets that taipei is not all city.