3 days in Taipei, all by myself.
What happens naturally, when alone, is excitement. No schedules, no waiting, plenty of time for thinking and for photography. There is also, however, a small component of loneliness and a bit of fear, especially at night. Maybe a pre-concept of my parents’ predicaments when I was a child, maybe a bit of melancholy thinking that I could have brought someone with me. I guess these thoughts are part of what travelling solo for a woman means. So I embraced it.
I took lots of pictures. I shared my loneliness with fellow lonely commuters in the MRT, fantasising if they were feeling a bit like me. Just going on.
Under secular trees, I explored empty streets. Just going on.
I took photos, loads of photos, and enjoyed the colours and images of advertisements in the shops. Just going on.
I spend an entire day without phone and camera, only a paper map as a friend. I got lost more times I’ll ever admit. I had yummy food at food stalls, restaurants and street markets. I don’t usually take picture of my food, because I simply eat it. Not enough Millennial, I know.
I contemplate stuff, I contemplate not judging things I could not understand, like this dadaist mirror, for example:
I saw incredible temples, then I spent Easter in a Chinese-Buddhist temple with hundreds of people leaving useless non-spiritual stuff as offers. Again, I pushed myself to check only the aesthetics of it, leaving comments behind, because “You know nothing, Jon Snow” can be applied to every tourist. Just going on.
I fairly enjoyed the shopping, the music in the street, happy faces of youngsters walking the lanes. Just going on.
I kept going on, street after street, station after station. I explored, witnessed and silently reacted to everything.