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Nanzhuang mountains 7:15 pm

In Place description, Poetic prose, Writing on 2013/04/20 at 14:28

Umbrellas in our handsto shield us against the rain, we walk down a small dirt road in the dark, save for a few burst from the flashlight to make sure we don’t veer off into the undergrowth, it is near perfect dark. A deep, blueish grey mist hangs over the mountain, the beam from the flashlight spreads a diffuse white glow around us. Against this misty background, the profiles of trees rise up from the shadowy undergrowth, black shapes on a dark background. Among all these half visible shadows are dazzling lights, hundreds of small, florescent dots, lighting up for a fleeting moment, only to go away in an instant. It’s like some giant (god maybe) has spread blinking lights over the forest, like you or I would spread a pinch of salt over a plate of food. But they are not lights, they are fireflies, flitting about, and they are making this forest sparkle in a most wonderous way.


Nanzhuang mountains 5:19 pm

In Feeling of the moment, Place description, Writing on 2013/04/20 at 13:59

We follow a small mountain road until we reach a fork, I take the left, which seems to be the main road, but my girlfriend points out it might be wrong, so I back up and turn right. We are now faced with a muddy, broken piece of road undergoing repairs. Gingerly I inch the car forward and, like a little donkey it takes us passed without a hitch. It seems this short stretch of roadworks has transported us off the relative comfort of Taiwanese roads to a more remote are a South American jungle. The road is narrow and winding, covered in mud and big puddles and passes through narrow tunnels hewn from the bare rock. Driving a small city car on such roads feels both scary and exciting at the same time, but excitement is winning…