That Bridge somewhere over near Jiangzicui. I went there again. And even bothered with finding it's name through Google Maps. HuaJiang Bridge it's called.
This Thursday it rained again, so I decided to go for it. School ends early on Thursdays for me, so I went and saw a film in the library! My school has this kind of MTV like place where you can go borrow a bunch of films and watch them there. For free, (but only if you're studying there, of course.) You can watch them by yourself, or you can have a room for watching them in groups, should you have good classmates that aren't busy running to work part time as soon as they're off from school. So I watched The Happening.
After getting disappointed over yet another American film, I go home and pick up my umbrella and DSLR Camera. When I go home I usually take bus from Xinpu MRT station for a few minutes. I then find a free bus back to Xinpu station almost right after walking out the door, and decide to walk all the way to HuaJian Bridge from there.
At the time I arrived there, the weather had cleared a bit so it was quite light, also because I went there so much earlier in the day. I decided to take some photos, then read in my Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Great book, great writer. Under a bridge like that is almost the perfect place for reading such books! It's like climbing into the bottom of a dried up well for me, going to that bridge during rainy days.
If any of you guys have read Haruki Murakami, please feel free to share your thoughts. Or if you have had something with bridges or other special places that normal people would just pass by. I'm now going to show you some of my creations from that day. I used Adobe Lightroom to capture them out of RAW files and decided to put some creativity into some of them.
This was taken later on the day, a few minutes before I went to have dinner I believe, so it was rather dark, especially since the rain had increased. Exposure time is 8 seconds, no flash. Have been working for a good time in Lightroom to make the bridge itself more visible and reduce the high exposure from light in the background. Look closely and you will see the roof of Taipei's second tallest building (Shin Kong Life Tower) far away on the left side of the bridge.
The other side.
You'll also find Taipei 101 in the distance, second tallest building in the world. Damn you Dubai.
The bridge earlier on the day looked like this seen from below. Mind you it was raining all day.
Standing atop the bridge, this is what I see: Taipei City seen from afar on a rainy day.
It was a little cooler this Thursday compared to Tuesday when I went here first. It was not that bad though. There were this guy running around (exercising) in the area below the bridge with no shirt on for a while, so it wasn't that cold. I sat pretty still though, reading my book.
Finally I decided to part with the bridge. I was starving and believed I had to hurry a little if I wanted to go to Taipei and eat. I got to Taipei Main Station faster than I had expected, though. So I was able to stay around for a while after, drinking expensive coffee and buying really, really sweet candy. Might as well have been half as sweet as usual Danish candy, which meant that the classmates with whom I shared the candy would leave most of the jellybeans and extinguish the not-so-dense candies.
Hope you liked the pictures. Here's a Slovenian guys take on the bridge during less rainy daytime: A day of a good walk from Jiangzicui to the Huajiang bridge. I also took few more pictures than these. Some more of them made it to boonbot.com and you can see all picture from this bridge here: HuaJian Bridge.
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Anyway, thanks for reading.