A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Yes that’s me being a white person living in Far East Asia quoting Lao Tzu, I realize it’s cliché. But, this post is really just about living. Having no fixed plans for the future but going through the day to day, not as a grind, but enjoying it thoroughly, as we should. I caught myself a few times earlier in the semester trying to wish my week away, one class at a time. Since Nic died I have been very conscious about wishing my time away, and though I may look at the clock every five minutes when I have my bratty sixth graders at the end of the day, I by no means want to waste a second of it. And maybe it’s the holiday season which seems to make the atmosphere glow and everyone seem brighter, (because of commercialized induced nostalgia and sentimentalism), but I do feel in lighter spirits, even half a world away from the western holiday season.
At one point at work this week I felt like I was in Santa’s workshop. Boxes and Boxes of christmas decorations were brought out from storage, the little uncles bustled about, and the school was transformed.
Along with decoration we have been preparing for the Christmas party this coming Saturday. We dressed as bad guys, made a hostage video of a kidnapped Santa. The only way the students can get us to release him is to sing Christmas songs until they change our rotten Christmas Spirit. I can’t wait to see how the actual video turns out, we have taken more takes than necessary (none of them good, but all hilarious) and there is more planning all week.
So for the just simply living part, aside from Christmas party planning, this week wasn’t anything particularly out of the ordinary. I took advantage of the decent whether and started an outdoor garden on my patio, started a little sprout farm in my kitchen, and found a new hiking trail in Nankan before work one morning and escaped the busy city for a bit.
This weekend the Dark Art exhibit that opened in Taipei’s 1914 Creative Park. The Creative Park is a collection of cafe’s, restaurants, an independent movie theater, and copious amounts of warehouse space that is rented out to traveling exhibits. Inside one was an art market where artists from all over Taipei came to sell their own goods. It was everything from wax candles, Hakka woodworks, to bow ties that were hand sewn from watercolor paintings, tres chic.
The Dark Art exhibit is a collection of interactive 3D glow in the dark art. It was awesome! Take a look for yourself;
Need I say more?