Chapter 1: We are taking a trip together!
pictures taken at Fiumicino Airport, Rome
Again it is time for me to travel, but my companions found their better halves one after another. Since I am not the kind of person that'll sit around and do nothing just because I can't find any travel mate, I decide to explore the world by myself again.
"Beautiful, sexy Italy! Here I am!"
"Here I am too!"
"Mama! What are you doing here?"
"Well, with Mom by my side, all my beautiful fantasies are shattered. In the meanwhile, it's really mean of me to say that..."
pictures taken in Taipei city
Then unforgettable images of my childhood flit across my mind-Mom and I had conflicts, shed tears and staged cold wars in different corners of the city. Now, more than twenty years later, I still remember every little detail.
I have grown up, Mom has aged. Will everything be different?
"Sweetie, here comes the train!"
Mom and I didn't travel together for years. She always accompanied my dad. I chose my companions freely, or went on trips alone. We are aware how different our traveling styles and needs are, so we never force each other to compromise. We love each other, but we leave much freedom for each other too. This is one of the unwritten traditions in my family.
For me, an ideal trip includes the company of a close friend or a lover that knows me well. It has hardly occurred to me that Mom and I will take a long trip together. However, after she retired from her lifelong career, she yearns to travel around the world so much. I then am her only hope.
I can't stay cheerful along the way. I'd like to show my mom the world, but I am weighed down with many insignificant worries.
"Sweetie, you see, the scenery is just lovely!"
When the train takes us into downtown Rome, I have thought things through. Since we've decided to travel together, I'll have to open my heart. Mom and I both possess wonderful personalities. We shall have few problems getting along with each other on the trip. Besides, I don't believe it will be more difficult than traveling with complete strangers, which I also tried in the past.
So, we are going to begin our adventure in Italy together!
"As we are going to travel together, we have to take care of and put up with each other!"