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好久不見了!/Kati Markgraf

Actually, we already met four years ago in winter 2009!
At that time, I was studying for one semester at TaiDa 台大 in Taibei. Of course, my Chinese at that time was not very good, and in the Chinese Art History class which I attended I could hardly understand a word. One day, Xiao Fan 小璠, who was also attending the class, just asked me what I was doing and why, if I had problems or if she could somehow help me. Later, she took me to her dorm to introduce me to her roommate and friend Rou’an 柔安 (she prefers that I call her Peter, so I will do that. In the picture it’s the one with the red shirt). From that time on, we met often, went out for meals, attended classes together. One weekend, Peter and I visited Xiao Fans parents in her hometown Taizhong 台中. We went hiking on a small mountain and I got to know all her cats.
However, I had to go back to Germany after one semester to finish my studies (my majors were Chinese Studies and Art History). I promised to come back soon. But, you know how it is, in the end my graduation took much longer than I expected and it took me four years altogether to finally come back to Taiwan. And this time, I choose Tainan!
Although we were befriended on Facebook all the time, I was curious what our reunion would look like. Had we become real friends? Had we slowly separated over the years, each one of us going her own way?
Two weeks ago, I found everything was like I’ve never been away!  Everything was just like before.
I only had to be back in Taiwan for about one month when we already found the opportunity to reunite. Two weeks ago, Peter, Xiao Fan and her Malaysian boyfriend came to visit me in Tainan for one weekend. In the meantime they had also graduated and are working now– Xiao Fan still in Taibei, Peter in Taidong 台東, where I will visit her soon. We hired scooters and together explored the city. We went to see Fort Provintia, the Mazu temple 大天后宮, Koxinga’s shrine 鄭成功祖廟 and in the evening visited a nightmarket and ate many Taiwanese snacks – of which I already have forgotten the names, I’m sorry. Also, went to Anping 安平 to see the ocean, the tree house and to stroll around in the small alleys of the old town. We had so much to catch up about that we hardly could stop talking.
The two days went so fast as if it only were some hours, and I really felt at home and happy – thank you so much for that!
I really experienced genuine friendship here and I promise, next time it won’t take me four years to come back!