Perhaps it looks pretty similar to you, as it’s another large East Asian city, but there’s a world of difference to me.
We’ve left China behind for a few days in sunny, warm southern Taiwan – Tainan. Last night, relaxing with friends at an adorable bar run by Taiwanese hipsters, it was pointed out that maybe I need a new blog title – Not So Far From Formosa.
But it’s a temporary state. This trip here is a wonderful gift.
China was fascinating but unfamiliar. Staying in one of the first treaty ports that opened after the Opium War, I read 19th century British and American travelogs about China during our long evenings there, feeling a strange sense of kinship .
The moment Taiwan came into view, all was righted in my world again. Funny how I never quite realize how off kilter I feel until I’m back on these streets and back to these rhythms of speech and life.