I started this blog to share travel stories, ideas and tips with anyone interested. I managed to put together one post per week until the beginning of last June, when I migrated back to Finland to make some more money for the trip this blog has been about. Working is a really boring thing and it would have been very stupid to read about it so I took a little break from writing. After returning to Taipei, I wrote one post. Until now.
Today I wanted to tell you more.
I wanted to tell you about how it feels to run intervals in the Da’an Forest Park before midnight, the old man I saw playing accordion the other night, and humongous snails. I wanted to share the view from the top of Taipei 101 and how it feels to make sudden changes in your life. I had so many new stories about how I’ve started to notice a huge improvement in my Mandarin on daily basis. I wanted to tell you about my friend’s insanely beautiful room, and the swimming pool in her apartment building and how to house hunt in Taipei and how to find a personal trainer.
I wanted to share how amazing the travel card system in Taiwan is, and how my training for a marathon is going (two marathons, TBH, got drunk the other night and signed up for a second one, too…). I had a story to tell about Gaoxiong, and how annoying it is the Taiwanese have adopted a really weird phonetic system (meant for Americans??) in writing the names of places. I wanted to write about courage, the lack of it and what it means to have support, love and wonderful people around you.
I wanted to tell you about all the beautiful, beautiful children the parks are full of. I wanted to share our next steps towards Mount Kilimanjaro. I wanted to take you to the White Sand Bay and tell you how insane it has been to run from one agency to another trying figure out if I’m illegally in the country. (Since this post has been um… under maintenance, so to speak, for 2 months now, a lot has happened. Turns out I had borderline been illegally in Taiwan, got apologized for it by the officials and my ARC finally cancelled. TL;DR: I’m back on visa exempt.)
My phone is full of photos which will never be posted on Instagram, at least not the one of this blog’s. Ho Chi Minh City, mountains, cities, bar food, Taipei 101, running tracks, cross-eyed cats, nature, strange vegetarian dishes. Gaoxiong, streets of Taipei, pride flags. Red House. Beautiful people in my life and moments I’ve shared with them. They will all stay in my private archives or be posted somewhere else.
Because life happened.
The enginerd and I have been through a lot lately, so I’m killing this blog and trying to concentrate on recovery.
We thank you all for following our stories. It has been a pleasure.
Happy travels 🙂
There’s a time for everyone if they only learn
That the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn
There’s a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors
When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours
Elton John, Can You Feel The Love Tonight