Dear Gentlemen of Taiwan,
or let me be more specific, of NeiHu,
I am now a guest in your country for over 1 year and saidly my time seems to come to an end. I do not need to mention it was a pleasurable experience in a city with broad sidewalks, well-mannered traffic participants and I experienced an air, filled with the exotic flavour and delicious scents only an air as clean as Taipei’s can deliver.
But as I am probably in my last two weeks here, let me submissively pass one request to you, acompanied with my entreaty to kindly take it into consideration.
Please, restrain yourself from spitting at my doorstep in those last two weeks. I know, we men in NeiHu Wen Deh Road have established the respectable custom to spit on the staircase in the morning and all those month here in Taipei it was utterly interesting for me to compare spit stains in their different stages of transformation over time.
But, could you be so nice to take my request into consideration and make this gentlemen’s agreement with me? Believe me, dear gentlemen of NeiHu, I know ho much I request from you, literally rocking the cultural fundament of your civilization. But, again, it would be a generous gesture of you, dear gentlemen of NeiHu.
Where ever you may be.