After a first post in Luzhou and rays of colored light, this Friday session is all about colors, and decay. We found an old place full of charm, saw people working like shadows in the night, shared some unique moments with street vendors, and some sad stories, too.
In the first part of the session, we spiraled around a seemingly very old group of houses for which we couldn’t find an entrance, we met there a lonely lady cleaning dishes at the back of her restaurant, and then later found a small, small lane that seemed hidden to the passers-by, it drove us into the old heart of Luzhou, in a very old place, lit by the somehow anachronistic public light, and we spent a lot of time there. Then we went back in the same old streets as the week before, and found this big american flag on the wall.
Here is the story of the last picture: next to the Big American Flag there was a couple selling an excellent fried chicken. I stopped there to take a picture, and we started to chat, then later on I ate, and because it was delicious invited my friends to eat too. They were in their mid-40ies, they had a little girl, 12 years-old, and had lived in the US for a long time, a place that apparently no longer has anything to offer, but “which is so good to go shopping”, as they say. A life of hard work had earned them a home and some comfort, but this was wiped out by the crisis, and they couldn’t repay the house nor find a house; they took the decision to fly back to Taiwan, and open a street stand-they say business is so so, but the day we went there it was packed. They open late, and have excellent food. It is probably tough to get used to this new life, and after 6 month they started I could still feel their nostalgia for the US. I hope for them there will be better days and they can fly back! But in the meanwhile I think it is good for their daughter to get some of the Taiwanese education, and to learn Chinese.
While we were talking, I was taking picture of a rooftop that crumbled 2 years ago, and that no one so far has deemed useful to repair. Welcome to the world of Taiwan decay 🙂