East Dragon Hotel
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... and I can handle this job. Looking forward to my first payday (around February 5th). Otherwise I have proceeded as usual, a bit of karaoke, a bit of gym, a few dinners, seeing friends. Really liking the free Ubike to get around short distances. I have quickly adapted to the new work schedule of starting in the afternoon and finishing in the evening. It is still very busy and active when I finish work at 9pm, and ...
... doing more walking or using the 'Ubike' (free rental for under 30 minutes). I've been kept busy with preparing for starting work, exploring hidden local places and spending time with friends. I went to a hot pot buffet last Sunday with the new coworkers which tested both my tastebuds and my stomach! Starting work next Wednesday (which coincidentally is the same day I would have gone back to work in Australia). Wish me ...
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 ...
... K Mart-style tracksuits and old sneakers.
After half an hour the bus pulled into the terminus at Wulai, a small town in a very narrow gorge, subtropical rainforest cascading down onto the roofs. The Wulai River divides the town in two, with warm rapidly flowing water the colour of cloudly turquoise fringed with wide banks of coarse gravel.
Wulai is a town populated mostly by Aborigines. Like indigenous people all over the planet they suffered terribly due to colonialism, ...
... on a gas burner at the back of the room. Which would have been fine but the gas ran out and no one noticed for half an hour so it took a while. Meanwhile our host who loves whiskey decided it would be nice to have a glass of malt from the auld country. He ordered a bottle of 21 year old malt, I dread to think the cost, I ducked on medical grounds, and whiskey gives me a hangover, nothing unique I just did not fancy it. For those that did fish and cabbage ...