I still cannot shake off the feeling that he is intentionally snubbing me, but after breaking down last night, I think I should just learn to move on with my life. Perhaps I’ll never find out why, but perhaps it’s also time to stop trying to find an answer for everything.
Finally finalised my itinerary for Taiwan, and settled all my accommodation bookings just this morning. Splurged a little on a nicer room for Jiufen, but otherwise, I tried to stick to budget accommodations as much as possible. I still need to do a lot of research and planning for Tainan since it’s going to be my first time there, and then there’s Yilan, where I’m pretty nervous about transport options. Still, I know I’ll be just fine.
I’m really looking forward to hiking Teapot Mountain, even though from all the articles I’ve read, it seems like the trails are going to be quite a challenge, and far more different than the ones I’ve done so far in Japan or Melbourne. Of course, there’s also the element of fear, especially since I’ll be all alone, and so far none of the articles/blogs I managed to find, has shared anything about doing the hike in winter.
I don’t know when I started falling in love with hiking, but I guess some views are really worth the effort of pushing myself all the way up, even when the return journey can be a bitch. So far I’ve never actually done any hiking in Taiwan (not that I can remember), except for the “near-death” climb up to Xiangshan last August. I will never forget how crazy the humidity was, and how I was literally drenched in my own sweat at the end of the climb. I think if Leo hadn’t encouraged me to keep going, I would have just given up midway. For a moment, I contemplated doing the ascent again this year, but then considering that I’ll be hiking on Yangmingshan as well… Maybe not. Haha!
I really shouldn’t get too carried away, since before I can fully enjoy this trip, I still have to prepare for the next round of ACCA exams. Hopefully, self-study won’t be a complete failure.