rain, rain go away

We made a one day pitstop in Bangkok to catch-up with Patricia. Too bad she'll be gone when I'm back in Bangkok. It was fun seeing her again and finally have both my former roomies meet :)

I am currently in Taipei with Lin and her grandmoter, chilling in the apartment. It is raining outside, so no checking out the night markets here so far. Must wait til the weather gets better. We arrived in Taiwan a few days ago. Took a trip down to Kaoshiung, the second largest city in Taiwan where Lin's Uncle Frank lives. They were great hosts showing us around their city, taking us to their favorite places to eat, the nightmarket, and the Latern Festival. While we were down there, we also went to see Kending National Park. It is huge and Windy. Our guide was telling us how a hotel, golf course, and airport had all been built along its coast but were unused because the area was so windy. He renamed the airport "Mosquito Airport". Lol. Sunny was amusing. Also saw an area of natural gas fires. The gas would seep through the cracks in the earth and once they hit air, they ignited. The aborigines made use of the natural fires and used them to cook potatoes, eggs, and even some popcorn.

Being the awesome hosts that they are, the Kuo's also took us to one of thier family banquets, which was basically a 15 course meal. My stomach that was starting to recover from Danang came back with a vengence. One of the uncles kept urging us to try everything saying, "Wan shang he shui." "Tonight, drink water". No dinner, just water. Indeed, no dinner was had that night.

We got back to Taipei yesturday afternoon, taking the new bullet train, just one and half hours to get from south to north. Very nice. Lin's Uncle William and her aunt then took us out to dinner, a vegetarian buffet, where yeah I kind of had a slice of all the desserts. Dude, no more banquets or buffets. It'll be the end of me....

Today, we went to see Taipei 101, the world's tallest building. It took only 35 seconds to reach the top in the high speed elevator, ears popping the whole time. Nice view, a bit too bad it was rainy. After that went to a bookstore and Memorial Hall. There are a lot of hiking trails around Taiwan, so we're hoping the weather gets a bit better to take advantage of it soon.


At 3/07/2007 11:11 PM, Anonymous jenny dang said...

when will u be coming back to america?!?! i miss u woman and im so jealous ur trecking across asia the way u r. these r such beautiful experiences mayb when i hit the big game we can do it 2gether ahahhahaaa!!


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