February 07, 2013

The Taiwanese and their food

The Taiwanese and their food

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Crabs in Tainan
One of the things that I had learnt before I even started to think about moving to Taiwan was that they Taiwanese are passionate about food. It was a Taiwanese-American friend who first hinted at it, but it was through reading and researching and through friends who visited Taiwan that it was confirmed to me that it really is the whole country and not just a limited group of people, a group of people that I happen to be in touch with, that share this passion. It wouldn't have been strange if it was just the people I met  because as a foodie I am naturally drawn to people that share an interest in in food,  we have so much in common, so much to talk about.

 Food is indeed one of my greatest passions; Not food en masse, but good food, well prepared, where you take care of the ingredients, and combine them well, in a way that brings the meal to the next level - that is what I am passionate about. Well prepared food, it doesn't have to be fancy, but it needs to be cooked with a heart, and that is what you find in Taiwan. 

Fish in the local fish market
Food seems to be a passion that we can share, me and the Taiwanese - the whole of Taiwan seems to be crazy about good food. In a country with access to so many delicious ingredients, it is easy to cook well; Fruits, vegetables, gorgeous seafood, rice, meats. I have a feeling that almost anything you can think of, you can find it in Taiwain, as long as it is in season. And unlike Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia where it is too cold and more important, too dark in the winter, you can grow fresh fruits and vegetables all year around, it is just that what you get when varies. I am a strong believer in eating as much as possible of what is in season, it is as a general rule better for the environment to eat what grows close and doesn't have to be transported long distances.

February 02, 2013

Difficult to say goodbye

Good bye Düsseldorf

Hiking with friends
During my time in Düsseldorf, Germany I have been meeting a lot of fantastic people, and I have built a lot of relationships. Some of the people I have met are people that are fun to hang out with, but we don't necessarily share something really deep, others are people that I share a lot with, people I will always love and respect and hopefully always stay in touch with. Some of these I now count to my extended family. Some have moved on, physically, and now live and work in new areas, or will move on relatively soon, others remain in the Düsseldorf area.

But it's not just here in Düsseldorf I have formed these strong relationships, moving abroad also changed me as a person, and made me reach out and build relationships elsewhere, it made me realise how where there is a will, there is a way; the real friendships and other relations don't necessarily need you to be close, from a location point of view, but can be close in other ways, even though it may not come naturally, instead you have to make an effort - something I see not the least with my niece, who was born after I left Sweden, but whom I still manage to have a relation to, thanks to Skype and thanks to her wonderful parents who really wants us to have a connection, and therefore make a real effort of staying in touch. There are way of staying in touch.