Day 2 In Tainan

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 23, 2005

The prospect of getting up earlier than yesterday had pretty much gone out the window and I arose at 10am. After a quick slice of toast and a shower we were off to the bus station to try our luck. No luck, the buses to Wushantou went twice a day at 7:30 and 4:30! Either way we managed to secure a taxi driver to take us the hour there for $NT800 and seeing as I had spent absolutely no money so far agreed.

Once we got there he offered to wait around for a few hours whilst we walked around at no fee and drive us back for another $NT800, we agreed and as it was raining he even provided us with umbrellas! Wouldn't get that kind of service back home.

Wushantou is basically a reservoir so we spent a while walking around it whilst taking a look at the other attractions. There was a bird sanctuary there with loads of brightly coloured varieties but some were very mangey. As bird flu is a big topic at the moment I gave those ones a wide berth. If they were bad enough to kill a rat that was sharing their cage then they must be bad.

We followed the reservoir to a hotel at the top of the hill. Quite who would stay here I don't know as it is miles away from anywhere. We dined on another bowl of beef noodles with some weird additions to the mix. A ball of fish that was rather weird and a piece of cow intestine that had no taste at all. Perhaps there is a reason why we bin the crap inside?

We walked back to the start and saw the driver was still there. He offered to drive us back but we hadn't finished yet. We had spotted something in the distance that we wanted to do. There was an obstacle course and any excuse to act like a kid again is greatfully received! A good hour of running around on climbing frames, rope bridges and zip slides later we were knackered and dripping with sweat. The driver had a good laugh at us!

Back at the apartment we paid him $NT2000 (35) and he was delighted! Must have been the biggest payday in ages and we were sure he would be out celebrating tonight!

Seeing as we would be off to Taichung tomorrow (weather permitting, another typhoon nearby) we made full use of the pool facilities for perhaps the final time, before heading out to dinner at a nearby Japanese restaurant. Outside the restaurant we were greeted with a tray of ice containing tonights victims to choose from! Most were still kicking but thankfully the others had already chosen what we were having.

The meal was rather good and certainly different to anything I had eaten before. Never eaten raw salmon sashimi before but it was delicious with wasabi enriched soy sauce. The shrimp we had were the biggest I had ever seen and taste just as good. Grilled oysters, grilled beef, piles of rice, clam soup and a bowl of garlicky cabbage finished it off. Not only that but the beer was flowing and we easily polished off 12 huge bottles of Taiwan beer between us, with loads of "gambei"ing going on. Basically means cheers in English but I think the literal translation is empty glass, I wasn't going to argue.
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