a mysterious cat town…

As I woke up, the sun was peeking through the curtains and I felt relaxed as I prepared to leave Hualien. The train was completely full of Chinese tourists so I had to sit myself on the floor in a little corner, but the view more than made up for it. The east coast of Taiwan is absolutely breathtaking! Today the ocean seemed even bluer than yesterday, and the sun rays were bouncing off the sea and straight onto the window of my carriage, making everything seem golden. Instead of going straight back to Taipei, I took a little detour to a cat town, Hutong. Being a big fan of Haruki Murakami’s novels, one of which- 1Q84- he specifically talks about riding a train to a cat town, made me want to visit here. And indeed it was filled with many little feline friends. Most of them were lazily dozing under benches and in amongst the grass, but a special few were strutting their stuff for the few tourists who were visiting. One little tiger was actually pouting and shaking her whiskers. This town was also right in the middle of the mountains, a beautiful backdrop. It used to be an old mining town, and it had recovered itself by using the local feral cats as a way of attracting people and reinventing itself. However, it really did feel like you were in the middle of nowhere. When would the next train arrive? Would you be stuck here with the cats forever? What do the cats do when all the tourists and townspeople go home at night?! It was a quaint afternoon and I left for Taipei feeling as though I’d just encountered something very peculiar. I then spent the rest of the day in the Shi Da area, people watching and eating snacks, while gazing at the rain pour down. I collected my Lomo photos and was really happy with the surprises. They turned out really well, and I hope you like them 🙂 I will share some of my favourites here! I can’t believe I only have 1 more full day in this fantastical country. I’m going to miss it so much! Taiwan man! 

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