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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 ...
... exactly the best with heights, but I somehow managed to force myself to go up to the top with Alexandra to "admire" the view! To be fair, it was pretty spectacular. We obviously got there quite late in the evening (after all the queuing it took to get our tickets aswell) so we saw Taipei lit up! A fair sight. As you enter the top floor you get a little phone which corresponds to "stations" at different view points, where a narrator would tell you what you were actually looking at ...
... this part of the city is more like the abbreviated version of the word. You know what tho, I have certainly got the flavor of the people who live here... at least in this part of Taiwan... the airport people, the hotel people, the 2 college girls doing a survey of 'How do I like Taiwan so far?' and the restaurant waitresses. And like the playful people of Hanoi, the people of Taiwan seem to be just as playful and friendly.
... view the coolest thing was the wind damper. It is an extremely large, extremely heavy steel ball suspended in the center of the building. Hydraulic arms are attached to in several places. The balls moves slightly during strong winds. It can move smoothly and quickly during typhoons and earthquakes.
As I exited the 88th floor, they had many coral sculptures for sale, they looked amazing and were very expensive! After Taipei 101, I walked around the mall ...