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It's been a long time since I last wrote a blog post. I have been quite busy and, as most bloggers know, it is very hard to post regularly over a long period of time. That's probably why many blogs such as mine end up being discontinued.

To be honest I have missed blogging, but I just had no time for it, for personal reasons I don't want to discuss here. I have also decided to put more effort into my website china-journal.org, where I write new posts about Chinese culture and history and republish old articles.

As I explained earlier, I felt that this personal blog wasn't the right place to write serious articles. The solution was to start another website. This blog is and should be a platform for absolutely personal opinions, experiences, and from time to time also for weird news. When I write this blog, I just want to relax. I want to write short posts, rants, thoughts, episodes, and that's it.

Although I left Taiwan a long time ago (and I would like to explain why in another post), there are still many things I want to write about. Some of my memories have already faded away, and so have some of the feelings I had back then and which often compelled me to write Taiwan-related posts. Sometimes, when I try to remember the names of streets or people, or the details of things that happened to me, I realize how much I have meanwhile forgotten.

I enjoy blogging and I want to keep this hobby. And Asia is such an incredibly fascinating place. I don't know what's going to happen in the future. The world seems out of control. Trump is insane. Xi Jinping is insane. China threatens Taiwan. I truly feel exhausted and depressed. I knew something about this world was wrong, but at least I believed we had learnt something from history. "Never war again", "never Great Depression again", "never Cultural Revolution again", etc. etc. That's what people used to say. And what do we have now? It seems we are just turning back the clock of history with every year that passes.

Going back to the main point. I hope I can keep blogging from time to time, and although this blog is not what it used to be, I hope that some people will enjoy reading it and perhaps will share their thoughts, too.

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  1. Ciao! Scrivi molto bene e i contenuti sono di qualità; è un piacere leggerti! Se non ti dispiace, posso chiederti dove vivi adesso e di cosa ti occupi?
    Andrea

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  2. Good to see you are back, always enjoyed your posts- pls keep it up :)

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  3. Great, really liking some of your Taiwan architecture posts.

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  4. Thank you very much, guys, I really appreciate :)

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