Taipei has an excellent MRT, train and bus network, all accessed with a single card; making journeys around the city really easy. But with Google Maps on our phones; it was tempting to find our next location and decide it would be easier to walk than to head for the nearest underground station. So we did. A lot. In total we covered more than 60 kilometres during our four day stay.
If this had all been on the flat, I could have coped well enough; but hidden away on she who must be obeyed’s itinerary on the second day was a late afternoon walk along the Nangang District Hiking Trail, which comprises several hundred steps up a mountain; allowing “magnificent views of the city” from the top.
If I wanted a magnificent view of a city I would buy a postcard; what I would not do is knacker myself clambering up a mountain. But I love my wife and it’s what she wanted, so up we went. My lungs are not of the best, so I required several rest stops along the way. As I wheezed and sweated, sat on a stump, a young man came past with an older chap. “This is my father, he’s 84”, he proudly proclaimed; clearly having a go at me. I tried to snarl a response but all I managed was a croak.
Some time later, about half way up, we passed the old codger looking the worse for wear. I managed a condescending glance which I hoped encapsulated my wish that the octogenarian would require medical evacuation off the mountain. Whatever, we never saw him again.
Eventually we reached what looked like the top, but wasn’t; and then followed several paths before finding one of many vantage points. It was an hour before sunset and already the DSLR brigade were camped out with their tripods. My wife suggested I might like to claim a spot to take a photo once the sun finally set; but instead I opted for a comfy bench. If I wanted a photo of a magnificent city view, I’d buy a postcard.
The sun set. The cameras clicked, I had had a good rest and was ready to go home for dinner. On the way past the tripods I stuck the RX100 on rail and took a shot before heading down. Saved me the cost of buying a postcard.