Earlier this week, a melancholy mood overtook me. To shake myself of this feeling, I jumped on the HSR (high-speed rail) for Tainan in southern Taiwan. What’s in Tainan? According to friends, the south holds Taiwan’s culture and history. Sure, I thought, let’s check it out. Thus, over two days and two nights, I found myself visiting a handful of shrines, forts, and a hot spring resort. Considering how all the placards were written in Chinese, I didn’t get much culture out of my trip down. (My friend explained much of Taiwanese history for me.)
One aspect of Tainan reminded me of the Taipei of my childhood: mopeds. Moped riders may yield to cars but pedestrians must yield to mopeds. The frontage of every shop seems to a moped parking area. Thus, you can easily expect a moped to ride up to the shop as you try to window shop.
Unlike Taipei, Tainan does not have a ubiquitous and affordable public transportation system of buses and subway. Thus, the primary way normal Taiwanese move out is by scooter.