Act of Kindness: Amy at Shoushan

Being lost in a foreign city is pretty common. Locals recognize this right away. Some ignore you and others are generous to offer help.

I had spent 10 minutes wandering around the base of Shoushan (壽山, Monkey Mountain) in Kaohsiung trying to find the trailhead. I’m sure I’m looking a bit confused as I am standing in the middle of the road. A scooterist passes by and yells at me. It’s Taiwanese and I don’t understand. Not sure if they are talking to me, I just kind of stare at them for a bit. She yells at me again. Shoot, I’m in trouble. Continue reading

Act of Kindness : Residents of Taimali

After a 120 km ride between Chenggong (成功) and Taimali (太麻里), I stopped by a wedding dress store to see if I could get any recommendations on nearby accommodations. She picked up the phone, called her friend and proceeded to tell me that I wouldn’t be able to find it unless she took me there. She locked up her store, mounted her scooter and I followed her on my bike down a road that went into a small turnoff. Right on the beach, nice.

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Act of Kindness: Lady at Baxian Cave

First day on a multi-day tour along the Eastern coast of Taiwan. Having never traveled here alone and being a little unfamiliar with the area, I decided to stop in a tourist center to ask where there are groups of B&B’s and hostels I can choose from. The lady behind the counter pulled out a handwritten notebook and started calling her friends who owned a B&B to see if they had a room available in my price range. We ended up chatting for about 20-30 minutes afterwards. When I arrived there, it felt as if I were her son who just got returned home.

Thanks for the suggestion!

So…Lady at Baxian caves (八仙t客遊中心) , Thank you!

Occured: 03/2014

Acts of Kindess notes are dedicated to those who generously went out of their way to help a stranger (me).