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Taipei 101, at the time the tallest building in the world

Taipei was one amazingly modern and friendly city to spend time in. we stayed at a huge hotel just next to Taipei 101, and we were there for the category 4 typhoon in 2005... we watched Catrina on TV hit the states and then watched the same cat come towards us. The difference, don't be fooled, that the rest of the world tucks their tails between their legs and shivers as their house get smushed by a massive storm, the citizens in Taiwan prepare, they tape the windows, close the glass doors, put extra rugs down and battle it out without wining. Then, after the storm, with little trees laying in the streets, they go out, pick them up and stick them back in the ground! I was way way way more than impressed.

Sweet ice cream with nutty stuff wrapped in a crepe
The next day we had an earth quake... It was interesting. And so much fun. Our first day trip took us up to a park in the mountains past volcanic craters and steaming vents. We walked through the forest past the most amazingly beautiful restaurant I have ever seen in my life, to a waterfall. Then we went through the twisting tiny roads in a bus to hot springs. The hot springs were lovely, but remember when you go to a natural spring take off your jewelry cause the sulfur will tarnish your jewelry... my silver toe ring and earrings ended up with a good polish after the trip ;) Anyway, it was more than funny cause every time we got out of the van it poured rain and every time we got to the van it stopped. We were getting back in the van with a couple of men from South Korea, a pair of brothers and their wives from Japan and a German man and his son and were waiting to get in whilst the driver unlocked the doors.
mountain park restaurant
Standing on the side of the road in the rain under the trees we hear 'Hellllllllooooooooo!' and look, here goes a little van with kids in the back, their heads sticking out the back. So cute! We were talked to by kids every where we went, in Korea it was a school group of tiny kiddies who wanted to say 'Hello' every three feet. In Hong Kong it was a little boy on one of the Star ferries that kept peering over at us and waving and in Japan it was a couple of primary school kids with a dad that was so much like mine it was scary and he kept telling them how to say things in English so they could ask me questions on the train to the World Expo. It's just so much fun how kids want to talk. Anyway, back to the story, I loved Taiwan, if you've seen the promo video from 2005 (it may have changed by now) it keeps singing 'Taiwan will touch your heart' I think I said I love Taiwan enough times that it's become a running gag between me and my husband that 'It has, it has touched my heart' and then I make an exaggerated heart grasping motion, yes.
A section of the mountain top market
.. I'm a geek, but a cuter one that Jim :P Anyway... where was I. I know, the other tour we took, around the island and into the mountains. It was GREAT, we went up the coast where we stopped off and got to see the natural rock formations, the two colored bay where the water is tainted yellow from the copper at the mine where they worked captured WWII prisoners, most of them apparently British at the time. Of course, it also became a running gag to say 'Lady No!' when I get too close to something taking pictures as I apparently got too close for comfort on the edge of one of the rocks trying to take photos of the amazingly beautiful scenery... Sorry tour guide... that's just the way I am. We went up tiny tiny little bendy roads, some of them washed over with mud where the Typhoon had come through earlier in the week.
Rock formations at the seaside
We went up up up to a mountain top market where we had the worlds sweetest ice cream thingie. Nuts and ice cream wrapped in a crepe type thing. Then, Jim, who is always complaining about how I make him try things first sees a jelly sweetie thing. I say, 'I'll try it' um... bad choice, of all the other times things turn out to taste good, I choose to taste test the one time the jelly ends up being fish flavored... It was pink with sugary looking powder... it was fish. I hate fish. God how I hate fish. Anyway, an interesting surprise, not a good one, but it lives in my memories none the less. So, we went to the edge of the market, took some photos of the area then it started to rain again. It was great though, lots of fun and you couldn't meet nicer people.
Vending machines, it's the best thing in Asia that the rest of the world is missing! Every where you can turn around and find a bottle or tea, water or Sweat (tastes sort of like peach stuff), some have soda but it's the constant supply of tea I miss!

Taipei itself has a lot to offer, one of the finest collections of Chinese art in the world at their main museum. There's museums, shopping centers, gallerys, parks and temples to visit and all with vending machines for my tea. I loved it there and hope to go back again sometime.

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