Taiwanese dogs

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People in Taipei have a very different relationship with their dogs than I’m accustomed to. Part of it is pragmatic: with the density of the city and the reliance on scooters for transportation, I guess it’s inevitable that people will bring their dogs along for the drive. With no one batting an eye. Well, except me.

scooter dog in YongheScooter dog at Science & Technology Building Station

Even worse are the dog strollers. People actually push their dogs around in what at first glance look like baby strollers–but for dogs! On a good day, I give them the benefit of the doubt and presume it’s because they need to take their dog on the subway. Yet I’ve never seen one on the MRT.

I just don’t think “walking the dog” was meant to be done this way. -_-

dog strollerdog stroller

(Sorry for the poor quality photos, I took them covertly — as if *I* should be embarrassed!)

taiwanese lychees

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Fresh lychees

One of the simple, but luxurious things about living in Taiwan is the access to fresh lychees — and because the season is short, you *really* appreciate them. (The season is sadly over, but we managed to snag these at a small vendor today.)

URLs on a scrolling marquee are just wrong

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URLs on a scrolling marquee are wrong

Scrolling neon signs are everywhere in Taipei, and often in the most incongruous places–it’s like no one notices how much it ruins the perfectly nice university gate, local park, or even temple, behind it. It carries an ugly touch of modernity that isn’t even that modern in our smartphone world. Really, are you supposed to read the URL, remember the cid, and then type it into a browser? [confused.]

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