Icon wrote:No, not Jamaica, noooo!
I totally agree on this one. Smaller and smaller, and with a bathroom last cleaned in the latter Tang dynasty -- but it's home. Last year I was chatting with the boss who told me he didn't know how long he could keep going anyway (this was before all the night market closing stuff got started, but not long before). He was practically the only sort-of-traditional student dive teashop left in the area at that point. Every year I dread that it won't be there when I go back.
In fact, I almost think I won't return to Taipei anymore -- head South and stay there if I get to Taiwan again. And for someone has always identified strongly as a Taipei person, that's a big change. But I don't want to see the personal, living parts of my city on life support or worse. I'm glad I somehow decided to just get a room in the night market area last year and hang out there for a month. Gut Shi-Da and then set your gunsights on Gongguan, and there's not much left for real people without expat packages except cheap Hello Kitty and 7-11s.