Saturday, November 24, 2012

Squirrels in Palm Trees/椰子に居る栗鼠


I saw the squirrel in the photo above running around in this palm tree the other day when I was practicing.  For some reason, the image of a squirrel in a palm tree really struck me.  I think it's because the squirrels here--while admittedly a little different from the squirrels in NYC--are mostly the same, but palm trees are definitely not something you ever see in NYC unless you go to someplace like the Botanical Gardens.  Something about seeing the familiar-looking squirrel in the exotic, foreign palm tree really struck me as odd.
I had a similar experience the other day when I was talking with a Taiwanese friend.  For some reason we got on the subject of snow, and she mentioned to me that she had never actually seen snow.  I have to say, I was more surprised than I really needed to be.  There are plenty of people on this earth who grow up in tropical and sub-tropical areas and who never see snow, but it's really hard for me to imagine.  I got to play in snow just about every winter when I was a kid.  It was just a thing that was out there.  Occasionally I'm hit by reminders of the fact that I'm in Taiwan, and it's different from NYC.

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