Christmas at the Taipei Zoo

Christmas at the Taipei Zoo

So this is Christmas you say?
In Taipei…
72 degrees…
at a zoo…

I was in Seoul just 5 days ago, how is this possible? Sometimes I have to pinch myself. Anyway I want to wish everyone a great Christmas holiday and I’m glad all that commercialism is finally ending…until the New Year’s at least. Taipei is full of wonders and I’m adapting very quickly.

Not just warmer weather, but the people are friendly and there seems like a quiet humane approach to society here. For example, on the escalator, you have to stand on the right so people can pass you on your left. No pushing or shoving goes on here. This is a city of contrasts. You have the most decadent display of wealth and also the rustic soulfulness of arts and crafts of the bohemian culture. There are a few art groups and it seems that some of the coolest art is underground or in museums. It’s a small enough city that is not overwhelming like LA or New York. It has great night markets and in the middle, a very old temple appears from nowhere. Tons of great authentic Chinese food. The subway system is a breeze and easy to get around, as do the buses. I have talked to locals about directions. They want to help and not laugh in your face. It’s the little things that make the difference.

I want to find out how high the humanity level is when I visit a new place. Are there artists and an art scene? Is it cheap or pricey to live here? Is everything close by? I have also stayed at several hostels already and my experiences have been very positive. I may take some overnight trips to other parts of Taiwan soon too. I have to get started on painting. I just don’t want to carry around wet paintings, they have to dry somewhere. I’ll figure it out soon.

The Taipei Sunset from the subway line

The Taipei Sunset from the subway line