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Jiufen streets
Today's topic: Going countryside!

After riding a pretty crowded train of TRA Yilan Line for about an hour, we arrived at Rueifang, which is east of Taipei near the coast. Unfortunately it was raining that day.
So we didn't really wanna stand in line for the bus and instead took a taxi to Jiufen, which is a mountain village about 10 minutes from train station.
Jiufen has become a popular tourist destination, since it was the set for a big-hit movie two decades ago.
As it was saturday, it was pretty crowded up there. There are many small streets and stairs, with many shops and food places. You can spend hours there! There's so many nice things to shop for, and also a variety of yummy food! Expectedly, we had to stop at the food place that sold red bean dessert, my personal tour guide's favorite!
At first glance somehow strange for Europeans (as we use red beans mainly to cook Chili or so), but it's quite tasty! :-)

Uhm, about rain and such.
View down the hill from Jiufen
.. how do you people cope with "bad" weather when you're travelling?
Are you a) getting mad and go like "...stupid rain, I hate rain, if only the sun came out..."?
Or do you b) just go along and don't care, like you have some kind of "...can't change it anyway.." attitude?

I consider myself weather person type b)
I like sun and warmth, and if I get a job as a weather god some day there will be 28°C and eternal sunshine for everybody! Hehe :-P

But I think sometimes "bad" weather is better to keep "good" memories!
I remember getting in seriously heavy showers in a swamp near New Orleans. Me and my friends were soaked to the skin. It was dark like in the middle of the night, roads were completely flooded, it was kinda scary, just like the world was going to say "This is the end!" Even the dollar bills in our wallets were soaked.
I think this was something with peanuts


Years later, I enjoyed a nice sunny day in Nashville, Tennessee. Blue skies, just some small clouds up there on that cosy day in May.
Just a few minutes later, it began hailing like hell! After 15 minutes everything was covered with hail and roads were white like it had snowed for hours. 20 minutes after that, everything was gone... blue skies, sun, a gorgeous rainbow... just like waking up after having a bad dream.

Ok, at the time the situation somehow sucked. I remember I had to dry my Nike sneakers in a tumble dryer for an hour or so, because I only brought one pair of shoes.
But memories like that are my dearest ones! So precious and unique! It's usually the things that go wrong or have an unexpected outcome you remember best. (Also, it was the only time I had to dry shoes in a dryer haha)
You see, extreme weather conditions can bring you a lot of precious memories... :-P
Haha, still I prefer 28°C and blue skies!

Uhm, where was I? Oh yeah... well, although it was raining that afternoon, I really enjoyed the place! :-)




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Jiufen streets
Jiufen streets
View down the hill from Jiufen
View down the hill from Jiufen
I think this was something with pe…
I think this was something with p…
Back to The past!
Back to The past!
Small Jiufen streets
Small Jiufen streets
Ill be back!
I'll be back!
Small streets in Jiufen
Small streets in Jiufen
Tour guide is happy with red bean …
Tour guide is happy with red bean…
Wild boar! We have soooo many here…
Wild boar! We have soooo many her…
Sausage on a stick
Sausage on a stick
Some more food
Some more food
View from Jiufen
View from Jiufen
Aaargh... raining!
Aaargh... raining!
Lucky little dog! Gets carried! :P
Lucky little dog! Gets carried! :P
Jiufen
photo by: TB_Weet