Taiwan's PM is a lesbian so gay marriage is becoming legal asap and Pride is big, I once went to a 'People of alternative lifestyles' gathering place in Beijing, it was a tiny room on the 20th floor of a apartment block in the middle of nowhere, they may have been Proud, but they weren't telling anyone about it if they were.
What I'm saying that it's different here, people love love and aren't afraid to show it.
We spent hours waking round the town behind trucks with beers in bags (from Cafe 7 of course), listening to music blaring from the back of said trucks and generally being merry and enjoying life.
Much like this...
We stopped along the way at several food outlets and artistic installations, the main one at Chiang Kai-Shek, what I guess you would describe charitably as a VJ, spinning his vinyl in time to the visuals or playing the visuals in time to the vinyl, who know how that works, he probably wasn't actually doing anything, just looking cool and getting paid, to wear sunglasses. At night. On stage.
It was a fun break in the proceedings, as it goes, and everyone agreed it would have been improved exponentially with loads of drugs.
We continued into the night, off next to the roof of a friends apartment where many had gathered already to either round of the Pride proceedings or start the Halloween ones, or in my case both.
The view was awesome, the company, fantastic and the beer cold, a wonderful sojourn it has to be said.
Recollections start to get blurry now but I recall, on the way to Triangle (a nightclub)
hanging, upside down, drunk on a climbing frame and thinking it was a really bad idea, but we all thought it was great and that we were in our twenties and unbreakable - you see they all were and I, alas, am not, so I got off and said let's go to get drunk, as if we weren't already after a Baily's coffee from the fuckin 7-11! Yes it's a thing, morning, noon or night you can get a Baily's coffee for a mere 2 quid! I fuckin love Taiwan, cocktails on the go in the parade, beers from Cafe 7 (7-11 if you weren't aware) a bottle of Baily's from somewhere as it worked out cheaper and whatever else we managed to acquire.
There was a queue at Triangle but the area was busy with people being drunk and it all seemed fun, the kind of fun I haven't had since, oh well let's see, since last time I was out with these guys 4 weeks ago.
Once in, I realised I'm old and don't want to queue for 10 minutes to get an over priced drink, so after a small dance and a long queue, I split, as is my wont, without telling anyone, jumped in a taxi and grabbed a bottle of wine that was found unopened the next morning on my balcony.
Did I mention I have a balcony?