After having flown the equivalent of the earthâ€™s diameter in less than a week, perhaps I deserved to sleep in on my first morning in Taipei. But I didnâ€™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 Brettâ€™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 didnâ€™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 donâ€™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 Sommelierâ€™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 â€śpour your own glassâ€ť 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 Erinâ€™s homemade infused tequila.