Caught this one outside of OCIT, in a polluted and otherwise forgettable stream. Beautiful things are everywhere in the world, if you can only take a moment to spot them.
Catching the action at 168, a popular hot pot chain. The food comes out on the conveyor belt to the left, and you pay a fixed fee and then take what you like. My kids love this place.
Customer and retailer enjoy a moment.
The Banciao High Speed Rail Station. Huge and beautiful.
Last Monday I took the HSR from Taipei to Tainan: $1350. Because the Tainan station is so poorly located, another 30 minutes (and $40) must be spent getting into the city. This increased the 1.5 hour travel time to 2. The ticket is just too pricey, although the ride was quick and smooth.
Danny Bloom, your work is unfinished. A couple of months ago Danny Bloom, the well-known local expat writer, wrote me to say that he had had an exchange of letters with the HSR management and they had agreed to put "Taiwan" and "HSR" on the tickets -- which are pretty nondescript for what was once the world's largest BOT project. But no such luck, nothing has changed. UPDATE: Danny tells me that the change will be made, it will just take time.
That rain last week induced seasonal affective disorder. Glad its gone and we are now in the sit-in-the-house-and-sweat season.
Plenty of great bugs out there. This beetle was hanging out on a wall at my university.
The lawnmower repair shop.
Some of my students from last year invited me to their reunion dinner. I was the advisor for this class, which was very special.
At the Shanghai on Wenhsin Road. Can't say much for the food, which was waaaaay overpriced. Company was good, though.
Hiking again! No chance for exercise this year, between the PHD classes and the ones I am teaching. Lots of great critters on the trail.
I love the desperate, suspicious looks of the lizards....
Butterflies adore rotting fruit...
Looking west over Taichung toward Tatu Mountain.
A tree heavy with ripe lychees. Our area is surrounded by lychee trees.