I have to admit that we don't have Taiwanese or international driver's licences but it just feels like less of a big deal because we are driving scooters and not a car. I'm not sure a police officer would accept that but evidence suggests that they avoid westerners at all costs and the one time I was pulled over for driving the wrong way down a one way I was made to stand in shame on the side of the road for five minutes before being let go with a smile and a wave. So.
When we first moved to Taiwan, the thought of owning a scooter and having to get around on one everyday kinda freaked me out. After all, you feel so exposed. Due to our conflicting schedules, I knew we would have to get two scooters and I would have to learn to navigate Taiwan's crazy busy traffic. At first, I.was.petrified. But after a while I grew to love scooting so much so that scooting to the store felt like an amazing adventure. There is just something about whizzing down the road with your hair flying every which way that is exceptionally liberating! Our first few months here, we learned all about our city by taking our scooter out and exploring places we had never been to before, hence our love for scoot adventures was born. Now one of my favorite weekend activities is grabbing my husband, scooter and camera and venturing out into the unknown. We almost always get lost and have the absolute best time together. It doesn't hurt that my husband is a manly man and excellent navigator.
In my previous post, hidden treasures: part one, I introduced you to Nanyuan, which was our latest scoot adventure destination and one of our best finds in Hsinchu! To jog your memory, Sean and I set out with a hand drawn map and scooted off into the rugged mountains to find a beautiful garden. We had to push our scooter up some of the tougher hills but we made it in the end! There was no.way I could do this garden justice in one post so here is part two.
There were many reasons why we loved Nanyuan. The architecture is stunningly beautiful. The natural scenery is very peaceful. The odd collection of random artwork is fun. And more than anything, all of these things combined to make the garden interesting and captivating to look at + experience + capture on camera. Every where you turned there were intriguing designs + textures + patterns!
I guess I don't have to tell you when you can see for yourself: