My vacation is over, and I’ll be starting my return trip tomorrow. Luckily I was wrong when I thought that it would be bit cold here this time of the year. It did get cold now during the past two days, but otherwise, it’s been mostly warm and sunshine. Enough so that I made a trip to Kenting on Wednesday. All in all though the past two weeks have actually felt bit long. I’ve been suffering a little bit of lack of things to do, because mostly I’ve been here by myself. Most people I know here in Taiwan live in Hsinchu at north part of Taiwan… but I didn’t really get a chance to go visit there. I feel a bit sorry about that.
I had grande idea of writing this blog at least little during this past two weeks that I stayed here in Taiwan, but look at how the time went. It does feel little strange thought to write here again. Almost everything that I thought up I have already written in some form or another. I guess did take a bit too presenting view in this blog… not really concentrating much on what I was actually doing day to day. So I didn’t write day to day stuff now either… but perhaps that would have made more sense.
I’ve been going around with bicycle mostly here in Kaohsiung. I think that I mentioned sometime that pedestrian walkways are virtually nonexistent here… or there are some but it’s generally very hard to go anywhere on foot because they are used for parking, business and other stuff that’s just in the way. Well… the bicycle lane is somewhere between the nonexistent walkway and the road. Picture the painted side line on the road and you’ll just about have it.
So the only choice when on bike is usually to mix in with the scooters, that have a sort-of their own lane in the road. Just have to remember that you are a slower moving object in the middle of very fast moving objects, that also tend to be lot heavier than you. Just to keep the adrenaline juicy. Yes I will wear a helmet and all the flashing lights I can get thank you. Had couple close calls during these two weeks already.
Well… maybe it’s not all that bad. You kind of get used to it. And there are actually many very good bicycle routes here in Kaohsiung if you just know where they are. Today I made a bit longish trip to the other side of the city, about 10 km. When going I went with the scooters, hoping my insurance was okay. But when I came back, I used the longer but really nice bicycle route that follows the river here. It might be good to get a map of the dedicated routes first though… on my way back I ended up in a dead end, and from there the usual trouble started again… even more so, since at one point I was going against the mass of traffic on the wrong side on a narrow road… desperately trying to find a place to cross.
City commuting might not be much fun here, but I think Taiwan might be excellent for some real cycling in the countryside. I rented a cycle when I went to Kenting, and it seemed like a nice alternative where the traffic isn’t that bad and you can enjoy some views too. Maybe I will try to do that next time I’ll come this way.
Winter seems to be coming here too finally… and it’s actually getting little chilly. It’s not really cold, but the humidity makes it feel bit more. I think I managed to get some tan though. Too bad the day I chose for the Kenting trip was bit cloudy… or luckily, since that’s probably the reason why I didn’t burn myself. I can never moderate taking the sun. It was nice to go swim in the ocean again though.
Now I’m mostly packed already. I think. I wasn’t clairvoyant enough to realize that I might be bringing lot more stuff with me back than what I took here. Ryanair limitations for the checked in baggage make my life bit difficult. I think I’ve squeezed everything to the 15 + 10 kg that I can bring, but it’s a really close call. I finally went and bought the Mahjong set, but damn those things are heavy. I thought i chose the smaller one, but it still weighted over 4 kg. Any souvenirs I’ll buy from the airport have to fit in my pockets.
So now it’s another two days of travelling to go… I’ll leave tomorrow at 8:00, with my flight at 12:20 from Taoyuan, and I’ll arrive in Tampere at 20:10 on Sunday. Add to that the 6 hours of time difference, it comes pretty close to two full days… lot of time between the flights this time too. I guess I’ll just try to finish some more books.