Today, on my last day in Taiwan, I finally made it to Cat Town.
It was not the most cat filled of cat days in Cat Town due to the rain, but it was still everything that I could ever ask for in a place called Cat Town.
Houtong is a tiny little former mining town in the mountains of Northeast Taiwan. It has recently begun to build itself up as a tourist destination by having a large population of cats. Since the first weekend in Taiwan when I learned of this place, I have constantly been heard to express my desire to go there. And my dream finally became a reality.
We stopped in Houtong for a few hours on the way to Taoyuan from Hualien, had lunch, and then I took a quick look at the mining museum and went out to play with cats. They sell food that you can give to them, so I bought a bag of dry cat food to share amongst my new friends.
It seems that most of the other tourists just leave it on the ground for them, so I guess I stood out when I started feeding cats out of my hands. I also took off my shoes when it rained and proceeded to traipse around barefoot for the afternoon, as if I wasn’t already weird enough. I’m pretty sure that about half of the other people in Cat Town today also took pictures of me.
Back to New York tomorrow, bright and early. I’ll miss all of my new friends (feline and human) in Taiwan, but I am excited to see all of the lovely New York faces!