Another perspective

.my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

Today I have the very first look from Taiwan for you, we just shot it a few hours ago!
 
I am in Taiwan right now, visiting this incredible island with my boyfriend. We’re doing a little round trip here, checking out the most marvelous places along the way – how beautiful they are! Today we decided to leave Taipei and head east. Destination: Taroko National Park. It’s an undescribably beautiful experience to cruise along the coast, past high mountains on one side and the Pacific on the other. The mountains in the east consist of marble – imagine. We’re driving past marble stone framing the most beautiful nature everywhere.
 
Here and there, scattered between the peaks, we keep finding little temples, so we decided to use one for a shoot. We found an entrance gate that stood somehow lonely amidst the high trees, embedded in the woods. I wore this really pretty maxi dress, everything just felt right, we just had to shoot.

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

I feel this look is a bit reminiscent of the whole Coachella-bobo thing – perfect for the warm and humid wather here. Not only is the dress light, it also protects me of getting bitten by these annoying mosquitos. The hat and glasses complete my outfit, and protect me from the sun.
 
I’m really excited to share more pics with you soon, and I’m also already working on a video for you. If you don’t want to wait for moving pictures, you can follow me on Instastories for an instant fix :) I only recently discovered this function, and it’s perfect for what I’m doing here. Plus, you’ll get to see the marble mountains! Really, really impressive :)

dress: Bash
shoes: Diesel Gold
vest: Reiss
hat: Zara
sunnies: Ray-Ban

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

By the way: did you notice something odd in the pictures? No? Well, neither did I, at first. I only realized it after the shooting. The gate is covered in tiny swastikas, a symbol that brings up terrible associations in the western world. But here’s the thing – traditional swastikas have nothing at all to do with the Nazis – quite on the contrary. In Hinduism, the swastika is the most important symbol after the Om, and symbolizes the cycle of life and death. In Buddhism it stands for stability, perseverance and durability. In China it has a host of meanings including wealth, sun and eternity.
 
This is probably the recurring theme in all these interpretations of the symbol: it represents an eternal cycle, and is understood as a sign of peace. It’s little insights like these that make this trip so wonderful. Exploring an entirely different culture just opens up a completely different perspective. All too often we are way too prejudiced and limited in our own narrow understanding of the world, when all you needs to widen your horizon is to move into uncharted territory once in a while. There is always another perspective, even if you’re looking at a swastika.

my trip in Taiwan | Taroko national park | temple | long maxi dress from Bash | sandals from Diesel Black Gold | chinese gate with characters | xiulin

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  1. Hi Masha,

    ich liebe deine Fotografie! Total fasziniert bin ich vo m Look und der Bildbearbeitung – kannst du dazu mal ein paar Tips geben? Dafür wäre ich wirklich unglaublich dankbar :)

    Liebe Grüße
    Melly

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    1. Hi Melly,
      danke dir!!

      Meine Bildbearbeitung ist tatsächlich eins der wenigen Sachen, die ich nicht mit euch teilen kann :)

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  2. Lovely blogging format, the pictures look amazing! Really like how you overlay them… Also, being German, I was also quite shocked to see the Nazi symbol in the Asian culture….
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

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    1. thank you :)
      Me, too! But when I found out what the real meaning is I felt much better :D

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    1. Danke liebe Gitta!

      Bald kommt auch schon der nächste Post :)

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  3. Toller Post, ich freue mich auf mehr!

    Ich reise auch unheimlich gerne abseits der “normalen” Pfade innerhalb eines Landes oder einer Stadt (sofern möglich), um die authentische Kultur und Menschen kennen zu lernen. Das haben wir gerade wieder in Barcelona erlebt (auch wenn Barcelona an sich kein außergewöhnlicher Reiseort ist), wo wir uns total im gotischen Viertel verloren haben und ziellos von Gasse zu Gasse geschlendert sind und am Ende in einer kleinen Boutique mit dem Inhaber seinen Geburtstag gefeiert haben – sowas flasht mich immer total :D

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    1. Hi Zoe,

      oh ich finde aber auch, dass man sich in Barcelona richtig gut treiben lassen kann! Ich persönlich bevorzuge eine Mischung aus allem: ein bisschen Sehenswürdigkeiten gemischt mit eigenen Abenteuern! Deswegen bin ich auch so ein Fan von Roadtrips! Da kann man sich so schön treiben lassen und ist so richtig frei!!

      Aber Taiwan ist auf jeden fall das allergeilste!!

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    1. Danke Sandra :)))

      Die Brille ist echt super geil! Ich freue mich voll, dass diese runden bunten Gläser wieder voll im Trend sind. Ich glaube da muss ich auch noch aufstocken :DDD

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  4. Wow was für ein schöner Look!
    Das Kleid sieht so toll aus und steht dir ausgezeichnet. Ich bin schon so lange auf der Suchen nach einem langen Kleid das mir auch wirklich zu 100% steht. Kurze Kleider finde ich ständig aber mit den langen will es nicht klappen… Die Location ist einfach ein Traum! :)
    Liebste Grüße Tamara
    http://www.fashionladyloves.com/

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    1. Hi Tamara,
      ahja perfekt! Dann passt das ja mit Bash – die haben viele der Kleider in lang und in kurz :D
      Ich bevorzuge zZ aber auch eher die lange Version! Sonst schau auch mal bei Asos. Wenn man sich da durchgräbt, findet man oft echt tolle Kleider :)

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  5. My mum got as a gift loong time ago a towel covered in swastikas too; it took a while not only to explain to her these are not meant to symbolize Nazis on the towel… and then to get her used to having it around. I think she trashed it at the end, as I have not seen it in yeaaars :)

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    1. I can imagine that especially for the older generation it must be difficult to build new bridges to old fears, but even more it’s important for us to open our mind without forgetting about old mistakes!

      Reply
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