Home in Taiwan....
Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
52Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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Kaohsiung...a big city with a small town feel. We stayed at Yen hotel...for the whole month! What a wonderful hotel. Every morning at exactly 10am, they brought us breakfast in bed with a tea. Every afternoon or evening, they brought us a tray of fruit, cookies, a soap gift bag, red wine, and coffees! Unbelievable...all for free.
We spent the month visiting friends and enjoying the lifestyle in Kaohsiung....walks down the river, visiting the art district, enjoying the views from the mountain, etc. There is a wonderful viewpoint on the top of monkey mountain where you can see the whole south end of the city. What a sight. The zoo, on the other hand, is quite a sad experience
Chinese came back to us quite quickly and we were speaking it a lot. Jay wanted a green tea one night, so I let him order...this is how it went:
Jay gets into his "confidence" pose (he leans on the counter with his arms crossed everytime he speaks Chinese...so cute...haha). He orders his "green tea", answering all the questions from the lady...little bit of ice, half sugar...pays and sits down to wait. They make his tea and call our number...umm...what the heck is in the tea??? There was a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the tea...but it wasn't a green tea, it was a black tea! HAHAHAHAHA....I asked them in Chinese what it was, since neither one of us have ever had ice cream in our iced tea before! Then Jay tells them that he had ordered a green tea...the lady was so embarrassed, another man in line was killing himself laughing, and I was just still in awe that I could get ice cream in my iced tea!
We rented scooters for a couple weeks....giving us more freedom and exploratory ability! So we went on a few adventures. I took Jay to a couple of my favorite places. The first stop was the Airport Cafe...good thing I can read the Chinese since our Taiwan friend who was driving was lost! haha. It wasn't as nice as I remember it, but it is pretty cool to be right alongside the runway. The planes land and take off right in front of you. The second was Fisherman's Wharf...an evening entertainment district full of coffee shops, restaurants, and live music. It's right in the harbour so we were lucky enough to see a large Navy training boat docked. The sailors were enjoying their night with karaoke when we walked by....they were sure to stop in the middle of the song and say hello and crack a few jokes...just enough to embarrass us...haha. It was fun!
My friends, Baby and 3M took us on a road trip to Shi Tou...a national park in the mountains. Driving through the mountains in Taiwan is an experience on it's own! As you drive along the curvy, single car lanes, you hope there won't be a landslide because you are only a foot from the cliff edge
A month of eating peanut pancakes, deep fried yum, and delicious soups makes us want to stay here forever!! Unfortunately...we must leave. 5:30am, we wake up...finish packing...no breakfast today. Baby picks us up at 7am...it's pouring rain, more like someone is draining a lake onto Taiwan!!