Saturday, January 5, 2008

buying things is easy-and fun

today i picked up a few items from a bookstore near the largest university in Taiwan, National Taiwan University. They are as follows:

map of greater taipei - for some so far unsuccessful outside of Taipei, the supposedly beautiful northern coastline of Taipei
lonely planet thailand - heading to taiwan for my three weeks winter vacation, going south to the beaches, hopefully this will come in handy,
William Wordsworth poems selected by Seamus Heaney - I have had a hankering for the verse of the pre-eminent Romantic poet...

other than that things are well by me. I went to a New Years party at my American freind Colleens house, which was fantastic with lots of interesting and freindly people, Steve Fleg and Jeff Chen celebrated with us, who are currently walking the whole of the island on a month long pilgrimage for the god of walking and exploration.

"I'd forever talk to you,
But soon my words,
They would turn into a meaningless ring."

"The little hedgerow birds,
That peck along the road, regard him not.
He travels on, and in his face, his step,
His gait, is one expression; every limb,
His look and bending figure, all bespeak
A man who does not move with pain, but moves
With thought. -He is insensibly subdued
To settled quiet: he is one by whom
All effort seems forgotten; one to whom
Long patience hath such mild composure given
That patience now doth seem a thing of which
He hath no need. He is by nature led
To peace so perfect, that the young behold
With envy what the Old Man hardly feels."

also pictured is Jessica, who I went to Israel with last summer.....