Royal Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from Taipei
... Everyone else’s eyeballs
still rolling around in the sockets
lazy, still contemplating wallpaper. And
The first one in dreams, the first one
intoxicated. All those pixels around you
still pretending to be people. What you
want is to write them all down. Hold
them each still until you paint the ...
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 ...
... of these items. So I afforded myself the luxury of purchasing some new shirts and trousers. We stopped to eat on our way back at the little pasta place by our hotel again. Following on from that it was a girls in our groups birthday, so we were meeting at a pub called "The Brass Monkey", again very British styled, even with Sky Sports News on the TV's and various rugby and football tops hung up around the pub. It was a special night aswell, as salsa lessons were being given out! So ...
Today was to be the first day we met up with other HESS teachers at our orientation. Before this though we stumbled downstairs at 7:15. The selection of food for breakfast took us aback. It looked more like a dinner buffet! There was a selection of rice dishes, meat and sauces, and even chips! We took a small selection and then took our seats, and spoke briefly to two teachers who were already in the middle of training. Coming from that conversation the overriding feeling we gained ...
... tranquil. I was seated next to a retired Chinese Australian couple from Melbourne who were pleasant company for four hours.
Landing at Taipei took a while because of congestion so we were stuck in a holding pattern as tight and thrilling as a merry-go-round. After a seven-mile hike from the gate to immigration and waiting at the slowest baggage claim in the world I emerged into Country No. 5 I have been in, and the first that drives on the right. Boarding the airport bus on the ...