A Last Walk in Taiwan

I miss my daily visits to Datong Mountain in Shu-lin City.  This lovely little mountain is located a few short blocks from my apartment and I love making the hike up to the summit and running along the footpaths with the city of Shu-lin at my feet.  On this particular day, spring flowers were in full-bloom and the mountain was erupting in clouds of butterflies. I miss the feeling of being able to escape from the busy streets to find solitude and a quiet place to think and reflect.

I climbed up a set of stairs extending up the mountain and emerged at a mountain temple tucked in amongst the trees.  I stopped to wander the temple grounds and pay my respects to the guardians of this mountain retreat, who keep this sacred mountain so quiet and serene.  I gazed upwards in awe at painted skies and god-folk staring down.

Further, further, up I climbed, until I hit a mountain road that diverged.  Both roads lead to quiet places that are perfect for escaping the heat and the noise of the city.  I’ve been fortunate to have the whole place to myself and I often take my journal with me to write in.  Sometimes I take a deck of cards and play solitaire.

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

1 thought on “A Last Walk in Taiwan


    (May 18, 2007 - 3:11 am)

    Beautiful photos. It can be hard to find quiet places in big cities especially in the US but the Asian cultures seem to have not forgotten that you need quiet spaces.

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