There are places in this world that you fall in love with, in my case, I fell in love with an island I now call my second home: Taiwan. When you are in high school you always have a crush, a crush that remains in your head even when you get older, my eternal crush will always be the Danshui River (淡水河) or, for translation and understanding purposes, “Freshwater River”.
Living abroad made me realize the wonders of the nature and all the forms it could take; I remember when I first arrived to The Island (I like calling it that way, it’s our thing) the first place I visited was Danshui District (淡水區) that later on became my home for 4 years. I visited the Old Street (老街)in Danshui, a touristic place to everybody who visited Taiwan, and was amazed by the incredible combination of modern and traditional locations: temples and a 7-eleven across the street, a tea shop and a McDonald’s next to it, aside from all that, what really caught my attention was the river and the view that cannot be easily beaten, and even though the crowd was overwhelming, just taking a look at the river was more than enough to make me fall in love with it and forgetting the fact that I was being pushed by the person next to me, it was just the river and me. People gathered every afternoon to take photographs of what it seemed the sun hiding under the river, and when you walked by and took a look at the whole picture you would see seniors practicing tai-chi, kids riding bikes after school, families walking their dogs, all of them fighting for a spot on the front row of the spectacular show the river gave every morning and every afternoon.
The Island gave me memorable moments and introduced me to fabulous places, and I fell in love with it, Danshui River (淡水河) was my great love and crush. The magnificent spectacle it gave cannot be compared, and the fact is that it made me realize that nature can be impacted by us humans but it never loses its unique beauty and of course, for those who might want to know, I’m the girl who fell in love with a river.
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