Some people pay for their converses to look this bad.
ORANGE! It started with the harness. Then the bag. The shoes, quickdraws, finally the rope. The green chalk bag throws it off, but it was free.
Yup, just about all ready. In just a few days I’ll be landing in Yunnan, China, the most (if not only) pristine province in the county.
Ill be starting in Kunming where ill meet up with a fraternity brother then some local climbers who’ll show me some spots around the area. Without a doubt,way better climbers, so ill do my best to keep up.
Side note. Hopefully there’ll be some American expats who arent totally “America sucks, man” to celebrate the 4th with.
After that, off to the west towards Tibet to Dali. There I’ll be working for accomodation at a rock climbing outfit. It’ll be 3 weeks of setting routes, belaying others, and generally spending time outdoors climbing. Dali is a good gateway to a few other cities considered off the grid, real China countryside.
Then back to Kunming and back to Taipei.
Hard to believe that whole experience will fit in a 45 liter backpack.
A friend’s brother and his group came into Taipei for the week so we forced them to the north coast for a weekend of rock climbing.
It was a scorcher, reaching nearly 90 F by 7 am on Saturday. But with the ocean to our backs and plenty of Taiwan Beer, who could complain?
You know, Tamsui is a great place at night. Cooled down and bustling with visitors from nearby districts. Here’s Old Street and the bridge at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Hard to believe these are my last weeks living here.
Yesterday, the National Palace Museum opened its first ever Renoir exhibit. There were maybe 80-100 originals, including paintings by Matisse, Picasso, and other 20th C. painters.
Here are a few that caught my eye.
After speaking with a recently graduated friend (afraid of losing his taste for reading, I’m sure), I put together a list of books for him and me to read and subsequently talk about over Skype.
The list is divided into genres and it attempts to cover a broad base of ideas (though I’ll admit it is a very Western perspective list, sorry). I included links to buy the books or, in some cases, actually view them as E-books for free.
I’m always open to suggestions.
Hopefully you’ll find something you like.
2. The Heart and The Fist: The education of a humanitarian, the making of a navy seal. http://amzn.to/YwktrR
Taiwanese high schoolers practicing their shooting. You know…just in case China decides to start something.