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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
... the heat anymore (even with AC breaks in some of the buildings).
Our next stop was to Ximen station. There is a market just outside the station and we walked around. It was still quite hot outside so we went to eat iced desserts. The place was pretty packed, but the dessert was quite nice. It was the perfect afternoon snack for a blistering hot day!
We walked around some more and were shown a ...
... good! Supposedly she spent a good while explaining in broken Mandarin from her phrase book that it couldn't have nuts, and in the end the lady worked out what she was saying and took a box around the various items of choice and filled it up with what was allowed! It was really good, it consisted of a big section of fried rice, with a fried chicken leg squashed on top (eat your heart out Colonel!), plus three more smaller sections, one of sliced green onions, the other of a ...
... years! The museum had items that varied from ancient books and scrolls to rare pieces of pottery and china, and even a furniture section set out how ancient Chinese nobles would've had the rooms set! An on going joke amongst the Taiwanese people is that if China ever were to declare war and launch missiles at Taiwan, the Imperial Palace Museum would be the safest place to hide out as it holds so much of their treasures!
Within the Imperial Palace Museum I ...
... free, in large pump bottles. Once you have rinsed all the dirt and grime off you, you then go into various baths in your birthday suit. The two sexes are segregated. After you are finished, you are offered more tea before leaving.
I was rather nervous that I, a fat hairy lumbering loudmouth white person, would be unwelcome. I thought to myself that I would be stared at and that the locals would be intensely curious as to what a Western pee-pee looks like.
No. There was none ...