Hold on to your hats folks! I had the craziest weekend in Taipei.
AIT gave us a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday and so the opportunity to really spend some time in Taipei was imminent. …but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Met up with Fulbrighters at Taipei’s International Trade Center to get briefed on opportunities in the foreign service. Compelling information indeed.
Then we went to Sun Yat-Sen’s memorial to have lunch and we saw the changing of the guards. (Pretty cool, but crazy over-crowded. I actually watched the changing of the guard on other people’s cell phones…)
Afterwards we went to Taipei’s Modern Art Museum. I’m really not one for art museums so I found this one to be truly bizzare. I ended up wondering around the museum with Ariella, an ETA from Kaohsiung. We went to the very back of an exhibit, then went through these small doors and found a room full of massage chairs. Needless to say the Modern Art Museum went from a fine experience to outstanding, pretty quick.
Afterwards was Thanksgiving dinner! For some unknown reason we got to the hotel an hour before we could eat, so the tomfoolery began.
I was seated with some lovely ETA’s from Yilan and Kaohsiung. I haven’t had such a hilarious meal in ages. We were all a little delusional due to extremeeeee hunger and were in rare form, for sure. Just to make the mix more interesting, they started serving wine as soon as we got there so we got some kind of happy real quick.
While waiting for food, we realized that every table had a number on it. We were aghast to learn that ours was #15, meaning we would go damn near last to get food (In retrospect this was ridiculous ahem Thanksgiving ahem). In a moment of inspiration, I ran over to a table that had no one at it, and switched the numbers. Unfortunately we found out that dignitaries and Dr. Vocke were at that table later, so it didn’t make a difference what our number was because we weren’t going to go before them, anyway.
After such a long, crazy day and so many mashed potatoes I called it an early night and then there was….
Saturday I went with Kaohsiung ETA’s Alex, Caroline, and Phoebe to Jiu Fen, a small Japanese village that influenced the making of some movie called Spirited Away. I know nothing about that movie but this place was so beautiful. Unfortunately, it rained all day so we didn’t get to go hiking like we originally intended, but it was a great day regardless. We ended up walking around a good bit checking out all the nooks and crannies. On a sunny day this place would be unreal.
After a full day of walking around in this village we headed back to Taipei. Then Alex, Phoebe, and Caroline headed back to Kaohsiung but I met up with some other ETA’s and grabbed a DELICIOUS NYC style burger.
One of the people I had met on a hash run was having a Game of Thrones style birthday party which seemed like a shoe-in for a good time, regardless of the fact that I’ve actually never seen the show. I decided to dress up as Khaleesi because whilst looking at Pinterest it appeared her costumes were by far the easiest to replicate. The three ETA’s I was going with were SUPER Game of Throne’s enthusiasts so let’s just call it an enlightening experience.
Having been in Taipei for a weekend, how could I not do a hash? 10k of hills, stairs, temples, and beautiful views.
Needless to say I slept like a baby last night. That’s all for now folks!