words to live by
I had been dreading this day. I was going to have to: fly to Dubai overnight, wait there for a few hours, then fly to Frankfurt, wait for another few hours, then finally take a train to my home town. And the worst thing: I was going to leave Taiwan. There were so many things […]
play day reprise
Last day in Taiwan, and I woke up in the city of Yilan. We went to a bookstore in a large shopping mall: And since we had some time left before our book salon, we went to play air hockey in this place: Now those of you who have been with me from the start […]
where is the West?
When we were getting ready to go to our book salon venue in Taitung, I noticed a sign next to a door – “eating stinky tofu inside is prohibited”: Both China and Taiwan have this thing called stinky tofu. Think of it as an equivalent to a Roquefort or some other smelly blue cheese. It […]
the I see you tree
Again another book thing, another city, another train ride. We skipped breakfast and got biandang instead. A biandang is a boxed dish that looks sort of like this one: They are surprisingly tasty, these dishes: So tasty in fact that there is a joke in Taiwan about how the railway administration makes more money from […]
who needs dictators?
Met up with a friend from China today to take a walk around Taipei. First we went to the Presidential Office Building: We didn’t go in, though. He’d already done that, but he showed me his visitor pass, which had a nice slogan on it: It seemed like a wink at the “People’s Republic” of […]
demonstrating my style
Today I finally got to see the publishing house. It was in an office building in a more modern part of town: Upon arrival, I was immediately placed in manual labor: I had to sign a bunch of books. I think it was because I did what I was told without complaining, but they allowed […]
Another day, another temple: I had come here with a documentary crew: We took a little walk around one of the older parts of town, filming here and there, and they bought me lunch at one of the traditional food stalls that Taiwan was still famous for even after all those years of rapid development: […]
I liked Kaohsiung. It was an industrial city, but one with a rather clean and nice atmosphere to it. Took a photo of part of the skyline through some mesh: The hotel staff was great, too. It was decided that we should take a photo together, but we quickly found out that there was a […]
how are you think?
Had a meet & greet with some travelers in Taipei: They were awesome. I wasn’t, though. One of them had walked the Camino in Spain, another had traveled through Southeast Asia for two years. Obviously, it would have been wonderful to hear more of their stories. But I ended up talking and talking and talking […]
a living temple
So I was really in Taiwan: I had been wanting to come for such a long time, it felt a bit surreal to finally be here. My publishers took me around, going to great lengths to care for my culinary needs. I asked them for regular food, the kind that people liked to have during […]
where did the day go?
I took a plane to Dubai and then another one to Taipei. Both times I got assigned a seat not next to the window and not next to the aisle, but smack in the middle. It wasn’t that comfortable: Good thing Wonder Woman was on, which I had been wanting to see for a while. […]