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Friday, March 9, 2007

Rainy Day Blues 雨の日ブルース

After a long stretch of unseasonably warm weather, things have suddenly gotten cold and wet since Monday. Temperatures in central Taiwan have dropped as low as 13C or 55F. While that may not seem as cold as in other parts in Northeast Asia, when you take into account the fact that few places in Taiwan have heating, and most homes have concrete walls and tile walls, it starts to feel colder than what the thermometer reads. And even when bundled up, riding around on a scooter in this weather can be a bone-chilling experience.

The worst part about this weather is having nowhere to go (other than to work, of course). Even on sunny days, our apartment can be dark and gloomy (the architect never heard of southern exposures from the looks of things), so in this weather it can be depressing. This morning, however, brought a brief respite from the rain, and while the sun never appeared, the sky was brighter for a short spell. Not wanting to let the opportunity go to waste, I headed out to Chung-cheng (Jhong-jheng) Park 中正公園 for a chance to stretch my legs and (thanks to the rain) breathe some fresh air. The nice thing about going for a walk on a day like today is that everything looked so green and lush after all the rain. The less than optimal conditions also ensured that I had the hills to myself this morning.

Self-portrait 自画像

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