Crazy Joe Is Leaving Taiwan

Well, I’m moving back to Canada after 10 years in and out of Taiwan. Ten years of meeting people here, there, and everywhere disappear back to where ever they came from and ten years of people saying farewell to Taiwan forever only to hear of them back in Taiwan after a couple of months.

This is my first time in a long time of leaving Taiwan that I’m not planning on coming back to stay. I have a lovely wife and a cute little boy and I’m looking forward to rediscovering Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. I’m looking forward to the ski and the skate, the snow and the shoveling, and I’m already looking forward to Spring (which happens sometime before July in Montreal).

Right now we’re living in Nankan, Taoyuan. Funny, because in Chinese people are generally so careful about naming things, and they called this burg “Ugly, Hate”. That’s the way I’ve felt about Taoyuan for three years but as I’m getting ready to leave I know I’ll miss the place. It can’t compare with the other places I’ve lived here in Taiwan; Yuanlin and Puli, but it is still something.

My biggest problem with Taoyuan is I think I had such a great time in other parts of Taiwan I was utterly crushed when I moved here, to “therealtaiwan”. I’ve though a lot about the name of this blog and I’m still puzzled. Is the real Taiwan those secret spots that make this island such a gem, or is it the relative craphole that the majority of us live and choke in?

I still don’t know, but I can only say everything is relative and change is the only constant. So to those who live in and love Taoyuan, all I can say is, I understand. I remember when I was young once too. If you’re stuck in some crap hole somewhere in Taiwan, go out, take a trip, and you’ll discover this is a great place with so much potential for adventure.

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I am a cultural geographer by nature, and now a photographer, videographer, musician, webmaster and father.

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