9 DAYS ESCAPE TO BLISS- TAIWAN (PT.2)

Dupa cum am promis, pe prezenta hartie virtuala va astern Pt. 2- Taiwan si toate culorile tropicale, insotite de nelipsita umezeala menita sa hidrateze un desert intreg. Trebuie sa recunosc, au trecut deja 2 saptamani de la intoarcerea acasa, si memoria mi s-a transformat intr-un unicorn. Crezi ca e acolo, dar de fapt iti rade in fata in timp ce dispare in spatele unui curcubeu. (Incercati sa tineti pasul, va rog) De aceea, dragilor, imi asum decizia de a infatisa o sumedenie de poze, pentru ca atat va pot spune: pentru mine, experienta Taiwan a fost un pic o nebuloasa, pentru ca m-au incercat niste stari carora mi-e tare greu sa le pun o eticheta. Nimic prea mistic si scaldat in dubiosenie spirituala… ah, stai putin. Tocmai asta a fost.

As promised, I shall lay down on this present piece of virtual paper Pt. 2- Taiwan and all its tropical colours, accompanied by the ubiquitous humidity meant to hydrate an entire desert, even. It’s already been 2 weeks since I’m back home, I’ll have to admit, and my memory has become a unicorn. You think it’s there, but it’s actually disappearing behind a rainbow whilst foolishly laughing in your face. (Try and keep up, please) That is why, darlings, I assume the decision of bestowing a handful of photos on you, for this is all that I can say: to me, the Taiwan experience has been a bit of a nebula (figure it out), considering I found myself in some states that I find difficult to label. Nothing too mystical and drenched in spiritual weirdness… oh, wait a sec. That’s exactly it.

Desi am avut ceva probleme la aeroportul din Naha (credeam ca urma sa pierdem avionul), odata ajunse in Taipei, in timp ce urmam indicatiile printate pe foaia de la hostel (nailed it!), probabil din nou paream ratacite de-a dreptul, un Fat-Frumos, nicidecum balai si-a descalecat scuterul si a venit sa directioneze 3 domnite ratacite si cu fete de-a dreptul ravasite. Ne-a dus in siguranta la usa ferecata ce avea sa ne daruiasca patul din urmatoarele nopti si ne-a urat sa ne bucuram de Taiwan. Hah, nici ca putea sa aiba mai multa dreptate!

Although having had some trouble at the Naha airport (thinking we were going to miss the plane), once arrived in Taipei, while following the directions on the hostel map (nailed it!), probably again looking absolutely lost, a Prince Charming, not from afar pale unmounted his scooter and came our way to lead away 3 dazzled ravished-faced ladies. He took us safely to the locked door holding our next nights’ beds and wished us to enjoy Taiwan. Man, was he right!

Acum, in comparatie cu Okinawa, cand toate ne-am simtit mult prea obosite, poate caldura si aerul umed al capitalei ne-a pus un somnifer in apa si ne-a trimis fara discutii la o siesta de recuperare. Alarma de desteptare s-a dat la ora 6 dupa-amiaza, dupa un somn in care m-am lasat mangaiata de cuvintele lui Murakami. Da, a fost si timp de citit. Ne-am imbracat in ceva cat mai aerisitor si ne-am miscat fundurile la cladirea principala a hostelului, unde se daduse intalnire cu toti oaspetii, sa ne duca pe acoperisul unei cladiri de 12 etaje. Gratar in lumina lunii si catorva lampi, muzica acoperita de zumzetul vesel al oamenilor ratacitori din toata lumea, adunati in noaptea de 7 septembrie sub privirea austera a turnului Taipei 101. Si cunoscandu-ma pe mine, noaptea s-a lungit intr-un bar, rasete, si-apoi la un pic de dans intr-un club (dubios). Finalul? O discutie buna, buna cu un polac-englez-taiwanez pe treptele unui salon, la 3 dimineata, despre viata si iubire.

Now, in comparison to Okinawa, when we all felt much too drained, maybe the heat and the humid capital air slipped  a sleeping pill in our water and sent us with no fighting to a recovery siesta. The wake-up call was given at 6 p.m., after a sleep where I was lulled by Murakami’s words. Yes, there was also time for reading. We dressed up in something as ventilating as they get and moved our butts to the main building of the hostel, where a big rendez-vous to take us all to the rooftop of a 12-storey building was held. Moonlit barbeque and some lamps, music drained by the cheerful buzz of the wandering people from all across the world, gathered on the night of September 7th, under the austere gaze of the Taipei 101 tower. And knowing myself, the night prolonged itself in a bar, laughter, and then with a bit of dancing in a club (dubious). Finale? A good, good conversation with a polish-english-taiwanese guy on the steps of a salon, at 3 a.m., about life and love.

Si pentru ca am atat de multe ganduri si asa de multe cuvinte alambicate si poze pe masura, le las pe ele sa va prezinte punctele culminante ale celor 4 zile- pe categorii!/ And because I have so many thoughts and so many puzzling words and photos to match them, I leave it to them to give you the 4 days’ highlights- in categories!

CONCRETE MEETS AIR


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PEOPLE


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MOVING STILLNESS


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DELICIOUS SURPRISES


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Hai sa incercam sa concluzionam, vreti? O calatorie de doar 4 zile, dar care mi-a daruit ore mai multe decat sunt intr-o zi. Arta, culoare, muzica alcatuita din sunete de temple, case de toleranta, vanzatori ambulanti si multe scutere, miros dominat de putosenia de tofu. Nu regret nimic si n-am sa uit nimic. Va recomand cu multa incredere sa va pierdeti cu totul in Taiwan si sa uitati de ghiduri conventionale: lasa-ti-va surprinsi…

Let’s try and conclude this, shall we? A 4 days only trip, but one that gave me more hours than a day has. Art, colour, music composed of temples, whorehouses, street venders and a lot of scooters, smell dominated by that stinkiness of a tofu. I regret nothing and will forget nothing. I wholeheartedly recommend you to completely lose yourselves in Taiwan and forget about conventional guidebooks: allow it to surprise…

And remember: all you need is love…  and a cheap plane ticket.

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