11.22.2011 27 °C
Seniors - they're everywhere. I watched a news report addressing how the number of seniors in Taiwan will be exponential in 20 years and how Canada has the best care for seniors in the world (do you agree?). They were among the first oddities I noted since my arrival here in Taiwan. Any outing that we did on this beautiful island we did them surrounded by seniors, this is even more apparent if it's during a week day.
I like that they are heavily involved in keeping themselves well & healthy. Not sure why but my thoughts always lead to Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. "Keep fit and have fun"!
Here's a sweet little grandmama that I came across. I didn't know whether or not she was hired by the city to keep this little green space clean or not. Upon questioning, she said that since she wasn't doing anything she swept up & picked up the leaves every other day to not only get some exercise but to keep it pretty for everyone. What a doll!
I've now climbed a total of 5 mountains. A bit much considering I've been here 15 days. Is it wrong to say that I'm sick of them? I appreciate it in the moment, but I'll be happy to refrain from hikes for the next little while.
You can't really see it in the picture above, but within 2 feet of the rails it was quite a drop down. What a brave little grandpapa.
My dear Mama Chang won't appreciate this one, but we saw a sign showing a sketch of a snake, and her first instinct was to cover her head. After I laughed my face off, I told her that it was quite an odd reaction, only to find out that her childhood experience included that of snakes falling from trees. It's still funny.
Here are some traffic scenes...
Seriously? It seemed impossible, but I witnessed it, not a single scratch.
Normal chaotic traffic scene
I drove in this chaos for the first time the other day, I had the lives of 4 others in my hands. I kept a cool exterior, but I won't lie, it wasn't easy to navigate, as there was a constant stream of scooters that would appear out of no where, and every other car/truck was committing some illegal maneuvers. On top of that urban planning isn't Taiwan's forte. Instead of an intersection of 2 roads, it's very common to come to a 5, 6 and even 8 point road. I kept having to ask "did you mean the 1st right turn or the 2nd right turn?" But I survived! The others had a heart attack and kept a stream of backseat driver talk which didn't help the situation.
Quirks non? However, I have never felt more at home. I sunblock myself to death, next time I just need to bring my own shade wherever I go. As for the 23 degree weather, everyone kept telling me to wear a jacket because it was much cooler out... Bahahaha! I AM HOME!!! I have no words for the garbage.
Here are some final pics:
Success with my search of BBQ corn!! No lies here - Chicken butts! A childhood favourite!
Over & out my friends!