The collected writings of a Renegade Tourist

Month February 2013

Wild hotspring

A few days ago, my old friend Johan Svennung contacted me, wishing to visit me in Hsinchu. We already had a dinner planned that day but welet him join in the fun. Since there were no good buses back to Taipei in the night, he slept here, suggesting we go to some hotsprings the next day. So, when we woke up, we borrowed Yini’s car, and drove up to the mountains in search for a wild hotspring (wild as opposed to a hotspring resort). Eventually we found the road that we thought it was on, but saw no signs of … Read the rest

Back to the mud cliffs

In my last post I mentioned some rather dramatic looking formations of mud. Today, I took my friend Kai back there. This time I brought a camera, hope you enjoy my pictures.

Kai smashing a cake of dried mud
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Kea Autobai

After Chinese new year it felt good to be home and relax a bit but it felt even better to be able to ride my scooter again. So, the day after me and Yini got back to Hsinchu, we got on the scooter and went out for some random ridning in the city.
We started by going back to the closed off new road described here, and exploring the area it connects to.

We made one round at the end of that road and discovered another, almost empty stretch of asphalt. On the way back from there however, I … Read the rest

Chinese New Year

I have, more less, moved back to Taiwan to look for a job. I didn’t have time to make the move by land so I cheated, but I have been doing a bit of land travel lately, let me tell you about it.

Since I arrived here in time for Chinese new Year, the natural thing was to celebrate it with my girlfriend’s family.  So, we drove down to Erlin the day before new years eve and arrived at her parents house, which is full of people at all times since both her parents and older brother with family live … Read the rest

End of Gong Dao Wu Road 9:54 pm

Even though we are well within the city limits, on a big road no less, the street lights suddenly end. As we pass the boundary between bright orange and near complete darkness, the head light on my scooter becomes our main light source. A couple of concrete barricades stop us from entering the main road surface but the bike path is free,so we move forward on that until we pass the barriers. As soon as we enter the wider lanes in the center of the road, I open up the throttle and yell with excitement as we accelerate down the … Read the rest

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