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Monday, February 5, 2007

Theft 窃盗行為

I usually go hiking on Saturdays, and spend Sundays with the family. But yesterday we went to the Terracotta Army exhibition at the National Science Museum, so today I rode my scooter to Takeng (Dakeng) 大抗 to get some exercise. Being Sunday, there were more people on the trails than I am used to seeing, and I found myself saying "Tuipuch'i (Dueibuci)" 對不起 and "Hsieh hsieh (Sie sie)" 謝謝, or "excuse me" and "thank you" a lot when passing by other hikers. Today I walked up the No. 3 Trail, and came down the No. 2, and everything was fine...until the end, that is.

My destination coming into view

Going up...

Getting closer...and closer...

Finally! At the top of the No. 3 Trail

Walking along the ridgetop. Notice the damaged section of trail on the left

At the junction with the No. 2 Trail. Even on top of a mountain, vendors are ubiquitous in Taiwan. Actually, though, there is an access road for farmers just behind this stall, so it wasn't too difficult to set up shop here


How green is my ravine?


Going down the No. 2. Some sections are steep.

At the bottom, where more vendors await.

In the States, some folks live in mobile homes. In Taiwan, people use shipping containers in versatile ways.

Flowers along the roadside

Looking back at the mountain from the road while walking back to my scooter


All in all, it was a good day in the mountains, until I got back to my scooter. That's when I discovered that someone had broken into the compartment underneath the seat, and had taken my Seattle Mariners jacket. I was fortunate to have been carrying a sweater in my backpack, but it was still a long, cold ride back home in the late afternoon. Now I'm not going to hold the entire population of Taiwan collectively responsible for the actions of one jerk (the perpetrator could have just as easily been a fellow foreigner), but it just seems that every time I convince myself that I'm liking it here in Taiwan, something discouraging occurs. I never had anything stolen in over 11 years of living in Japan. What can I do, except try to be more careful from now on? As they say here in Taiwan, "Meikuanhsi (Meiguansi)" or "Never mind".

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