I didn't see the boundless energy that dubbed Taiwan an economic miracle.
The sheltered serenity of Chungshan Park was littered with bodies escaping the heat and noise.
Old men, loving couples and young children wanted nothing more than to sit or sleep, take a few pictures or stroll around the lake under the portable shade of an umbrella.
I chose the sunniest patch of grass to rest with my book.
"American?" I was asked.
"No, English," I replied.
"Ah, Eengree," the stranger looked at me and moved on.