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August 10th, 2014. 5:20PM. Taipei, Taiwan.
Light refracts through the prisms
of a trillion strangers' eyes.
Someone disappears into
thick air. Someone’s feet
the yellow earth. The
still. The sea: apathetic
When you wonder if you are the first
Today we spent the day hanging out with my McGill buddy Marianne and her friend Jonny. He volunteered to show us around a few touristy spots in Taipei! The first place we went to see was Longshan temple. There were lots of people there because of the "ghost festival" that happens in July. There were lots of fruits, incense, and paper items that decorated the grounds.
We wandered around ...
... alongside her phone thinking they belonged together. So a quick taxi ride back to the hotel and several minutes banging on her hotel room door meant that we found the missing clutch and all was well again.
So Saturday was our day off! We were supposedly going to be looking forward to a nice lie in followed by a trip to the hot springs...oh what fools are we to think we could get away with such nice plans! Alexandra and I were called out as being two in a group about 12 ...
... night. With this in mind we set out to get as much sleep as possible during the flight. Again, I'm not the best of fliers, and have never been able to sleep much on a plane. Even with the help of some sleeping tablets, I probably managed to grab a couple of 30 minute snippets here and there, whilst the seasoned flier sat next to me, managed to sleep a bit more but also said she didn't get much.
Feeling very relieved and also quite tired, ...
... but I had to wait till all the veges wilted first. An absolutely delicious meal. We had a sukiyaki lunch with Shigeki on our second day in Tokyo. This Taiwanese version tastes similar to the Japanese version so the Taiwanese have learnt well. Shigeki is planning to take us to a shabu shabu restaurant when we get back to Tokyo after this trip.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped off on the overhead pedestrian to take some photos of ...