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A Dream Too Late

“May I take a photo of you?” The Taipei sky was clear and blue, with beautiful clouds scattered overhead as we sat on the Gondola to Maokong, enjoying the sights of the jungle passing below as our group glided up the mountainside on our way to the morning’s tea tour. But my guest, a sixty-ish man from America, just shook his head. “No thank you,” he answered. As a tour guide, taking photos of guests is something often requested of me, especially on the Maokong Gondola which overlooks both the jungle and city. So I was a bit surprised when the man declined my offer. I’d just finished taking a photo of the other two guests on the tour, a newlywed couple on their honeymoon from the United States. They had come to Taiwan from Hawaii and Japan, and were planning to head to Thailand and NZ before heading home.…