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Miscellaneous pictures autumn 2009, part 1

I usually only publish pictures I take when they are relevant for what I plan to write anyway, but that means that I collect quite a number of photos which haven’t merited posts of their own, but still, gathered together, deserves publication. So, like I did for the spring of 2009, I’ll now publish some more or less miscellaneous pictures taken during my time in Linkou (all pictures aren’t mine, so credit where credit is due). I will also take the opportunity to talk a little bit about the pictures and what they signify. This is part 1 of 2 (go to the first part).

There are trees in Linkou, but they can be quite hard to find (assuming that you don’t leave the built up area, because then everything turns either to trees or fields). This is a particularly nice one.

The pond on the campus is nice, as I’ve said before; I found it extra beautiful in this light.

Walking around in Linkou one winter day when for once it didn’t rain, I stumbled upon this place, which lies secluded behind buildings I’d seen almost every day, but never cared to look closer at.

Same place as above, and in the background you can see the buildings walling the place in.

Not the same place, but it’s still nice what random wanderings can reveal.

The pond at the campus again, this time in mist. The mist (or humidity) is generally speaking really annoying, but it can also be very beautiful.

Another example of the fascinating combination of mist and water.

The pond again. I wish the weather was as comfortable as it is beautiful.

This is an example of what goes for efficiency here. The exam in question consists of letting a single student score as many points in basketball as possible in thirty seconds. This might be stupid in itself, but having all the other student watch (and thus waste an entire class just doing that) goes beyond me; I simply can’t understand this.

This must be the most depressing place I’ve ever seen when it comes to classrooms. Of course, it’s not a real classroom, but rather turned into one for the purpose of holding final exams. Still, it makes me depressed now, even though I didn’t have to take any exams even close to this place.

I started calling this place The Dungeon, although it’s supposed to be a gym.

I trusted only things with no movable parts here, most equipment was stained with rust and wearing gloves was a must. I heard rumours of bars that had snapped, so I only took refuge here when I really couldn’t do my workout outside.

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  2. Michael Cannon’s avatar

    You live in Linkou? I do as well, just above Carrefour.

    Anyways, I’m not sure, but are you studying at the Buddhist school here? I’m heading down the plateau every morning for Chinese lessons at Fujen Catholic University.

    Have you thought more to staying here in Linkou?

    Let me know if you’d like to meet up for a beer or meal.



    1. Olle Linge’s avatar

      Hello! I studied at the NTNU campus in Linkou. The reason I “studied” is because I just left (read more here), so I’m afraid it’s too late for a beer or meal. Say hello if you plan to go to Kaohsiung though! Cheers!