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Day 2: Waterfalls and Wine Tasting

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After having flown the equivalent of the earth’s diameter in less than a week, perhaps I deserved to sleep in on my first morning in Taipei. But I didn’t come here to sleep, and despite a late night, I was up early to greet the rising sun. I stepped out onto the balcony and was thoroughly overwhelmed with a heat that could bake bread, not to mention the dripping humidity. And it was only 7 in the morning! But the view was nice. Looking up into the mountains reminded me a little of living back in Hawaii.

 

By mid-morning we loaded up into Brett’s car and were ready to explore the city. Our first stop was to a waterfall outside of the city, of course, getting there was half the fun. Along the way we stopped at a roadside vendor and bought some fresh pineapple, drove down a two-lane road only wide enough for one car, and laughed at the GPS lady who didn’t know how to pronounce some of the Chinese words.

Looking down to the street from the apartment

 

When we returned to Taipei it was time to eat. We ate at a famous Chinese dumplings restaurant (which I don’t remember the name). The last time I ate dumplings was in L.A., but Erin said these were the best. They were pretty tasty, I agree. I also shared a large bottle of Taiwanese beer with Brett. And I think I handled the chopsticks without embarrassing myself!

 

Our next activity was wine tasting at Sommelier’s in Taipei. Brett and Erin had been here once before. The owner does this about once a month. Most of the people attending are westerners and ex-pats. It is an interesting collection of people from all over the world. We met Americans, Israelis, Europeans, and Asians. As for the wines, there were many from South Africa, as well as from France. It was a “pour your own glass” event, and once I had sampled several bottles my glass started getting fuller each time I poured. I think my favorite was a Cape Town Merlot.

 

For obvious reasons, we took a taxi to the wine tasting. The wine tasting was over sometime around 10 or 11 pm. We hailed our cab back home and finished off the night with some more shots of Erin’s homemade infused tequila.

Africancrab says:
He-he, nice blog James
Posted on: Aug 06, 2009
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Looking down to the street from th…
Looking down to the street from t…
Brett and me cooking breakfast
Brett and me cooking breakfast
Sitting at Erins desk
Sitting at Erin's desk
Erin having her coffee
Erin having her coffee
Breakfast
Breakfast
On the balcony at Brett and Erins
On the balcony at Brett and Erin's
Buying pineapple
Buying pineapple
Dumplings
Dumplings
The bakery
The bakery
Some government building in Taipei
Some government building in Taipei
This was a cool parking garage!
This was a cool parking garage!
Food table at the wine tasting eve…
Food table at the wine tasting ev…
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