Beyond the basics of rose, lavender, palm tree, lotus, fern, orchid and cactus, I am out of both knowledge and vocabulary when it comes to anything plants.
That did not stop me from enjoying the time we spent wandering around the Taipei Botanical Gardens, an almost 100 year old, 8 hectare garden full of greenhouses + themed gardens and ponds.
More so than reading the placards and learning about the immense variety of plant species in the park, I was more interested in all of the goings on.
A garden is just so busy with all kinds of life!
The old men playing a heated game of chess in the red gazebo.
The lotus bud bundled up tight.
The snail moseying down the wooden walk way.
The ducks splashing around in the pond.
The centipede trekking across the great expanse of the handrail.
The single flourishing flower in the sea of decay.
The neat and tidy pile of fallen leaves a small girl collected.
The baby turtles swimming in circles possibly playing tag.
My favorite activity was snail stalking! That little guy sure did take his time strolling along the path and I had the best time talking to him [I named him Ned] and taking his picture until Sean threatened to leave me in the park with my new friend.
If anyone wants to visit Ned, here are some travel tips:
- Take the green line to Xiaonanmen MRT station [leave from exit 2]
- It's free!
- If you go at dusk, bring lots and lots of mosquito repellent
- Signs are mostly in English + Chinese