”The first thing that attracted me was the wind.” Fede says firmly. There are many reasons that attract foreigners to stay in Taitung, such as the verdant mountains, clean ocean, beautiful scenery, and warmness of the people. However, it seems that Fede was the first one who chose to stay here because of the northeast monsoons in Taitung.
Dulan Cape Café , a prestigious coffee shop which can easilty be found on the Internet, is currently run by Fede. Having short golden hair, it is difficult not to see him in the shop. “I was born in Argentina and moved to Spain when I was one year old. However, my nationality is Italian. I have been in Taitung for more than two years,” Fede says with a smile. It’s hard to tell exactly where Fede comes from. Fede only had a short stay when he visited Taitung for the first time. However, he decided to stay permanently after his subsequent three-month working exchange gig in Dulan. He speaks fluent Chinese and has managed his coffee shop well. For most of the local people, he has become a true native.
“My job is a summer job. I used to work in Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries.” The experience of traveling to many countries is usually an enviable lifestyle that everyone admires. However, for Fede, it began to feel tiring after five years of work. “I don’t like over-exploited seasides. When I came to Taitung, I felt the east coast is empty. By walking along the Suhua Highway and the road against east coast from Hualien to Taitung, I rarely saw any water activities in progress. The coast is amazing so that I thought I should give it a try!” he adds. Recalling his first impression of moving to Taitung, for the first time he had a sense of belonging after working in various countries. It was then that he began to find ways to stay in Taitung.