It’s a Scooter Life in Taiwan

The view  from my scooter at one of the stoplights on the way to the camera store.

The view from my scooter at one of the stoplights on the way to the camera store.

Even going into our ninth year in Taiwan I still shake my head in amazement at the sheer number of scooters in Taiwan. Being a scooter owner since the third month of our arrival I see and fully understand the appeal. There’s a three times rule with cars vs scooters. If it’s 20 minutes on the scooter it’s closer to an hour in the car. Parking a car, legally/safely, can be a challenge and adds to a lot of that time, but when you’re on the scooter and you need to park, you turn right onto the sidewalk and take out the key and you’re done. Parked. 

The photos tonight are from a quick run to my camera store for a new little toy, the Ricoh GR. I was a GR owner several years ago and have missed it ever since selling it. I’m hoping to put together a user report on the GR over the next few weeks. I will be comparing it to the other cameras in my bag: Leica M9, Sony RX1r, Sony RX100M2 and the Sony NEX7.

Anyway, back to the view from my scooter ride to and from the camera shop.

When I look at this scene the first thing I see are a lot of empty scooter parking spaces.

When I look at this scene the first thing I see are a lot of empty scooter parking spaces.

On the way home with the loot.

On the way home with the loot.

Heading home.

Heading home.

Riding along the canal, just about home now.

Riding along the canal, just about home now.

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