10 September 2012

taipei botanical garden / 台北植物園 / tái bĕi zhí wù yuán

tbotanic02today is your last day in taipei.

tbotanic03this morning you squeezed in some last minute birding at the taipei botanical gardens (台北植物園 / tái bĕi zhí wù yuán).

[nycticorax nycticorax / black-crowned night heron / 夜鹭 yè lù / bihoreau gris]

tbotanic01as you get older – as your grandma gets older – it becomes increasingly more and more difficult to leave taipei emotionally.

perhaps it was seeing the malian family unit with their grandmothers and grandfathers playing and living with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren every day.

perhaps it was mark not being there when you came back to texas.

perhaps its just seeing how just being there and doing absolutely nothing but just that can make someone, especially someone old, so happy.

[egretta garzetta / little egret / 小白鹭 xiăo bái lù / aigrette garzette]

tbotanic04in any case, in twelve hours you’re on a plane. and depending on your energy level back in texas, you’ll connect the scanner and wrap up this taipei trip with some instax moments.

technically this trip back to texas is nothing more than a pit stop.

because soon you’ll be speaking french. just not in france.

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