Kenting – summed up in a single photo!
Though the departure was a little more hectic than I was originally envisioning, it was my pleasure to jump on the HSR down south and join Michael and Tanja for a weekend of summer sun in Kenting – south Taiwan.
The guys had come through to attend a wedding, and as such were accompanied by a group of 20 German holidaymakers – and all on the same weekend as the largest music festival in Taiwan; Spring Scream. As a result of poor planning on my part, I was actually supposed to be staying some fifteen kilometers away in Hengchun, but M&T offered me their spare bed in the amazing, but less than charismatically-named, Kenting Youth Activity Center. I love that place.
Situated on a peninsular east of the main drag, it is – according to their website – a ‘traditional Fujen(a province in southern China, also called Min) style building with red gate, white wall and red tile roof, and is often reputed as the Museum of Southern Min Style Architecture.’ I wish they gave more of the history, with a bit more explanation of the layout, but no matter; I would probably discover it is made of concrete.
Square clouds … I could just soak this in all day!
Shots of night of the wonderful lanterns, lighting up the courtyard.
Tiles done properly. Almost.
The local walk down to the rocky peninsular.
Details, bathed in warm morning light.
Birds of a feather.
Little Georg makes a run for it.
Of course, we didn’t have the place entirely to ourselves. As host weekend of the largest music festival in Taiwan, there were some pretty odd sights, and a funny mixture of people. Beginning with obligatory trips down to the local nightmarket (copy and pasted from Taipei?), we then began sinking drinks, seeing some of the outlying stages, and finally ending up on the beach for what was a very nice, chilled out session the last time I was here. Nope – not this time… a huge, thumping sound system, massive crowd and despite signs urging restraint, a barrage of fireworks arcing up into the sky (as well as other places). I must at this moment apologise to all the people with car alarms that we set off, when some enterprising vendor sold us a box of mortars, at 4:30 in the morning. Only in Kenting.
Walking the dog.
Little Georg checking the icecreams – it was fun playing with them, though I wished my German had not corroded so far!
Peugeot 106 … waffles.
It was quite a culture shock to land from Texas, and dive head-first into full intensity Taiwan during ‘Spring Break’, all the while accompanied by German family members! Absolutely fantastic to see the Helds on top form though. See you guys again soon!
Taiwanese cowboys – summing up my cultural transition?