Monday and Tuesday
So took a bunch of pics of Brisbane so far, but im not quite sure how i am going to be able to upload them to this site, I will have to look into that. Anyways, here is more on Taipei...
So Monday morning Jess went to go meet Yushin for their photoshoot. Matt and I slept in pretty late, then we made our way over to Taipei 101, the second largest skyscraper in the world! We took the MRT (subway) to the city hall stop, but we werent quite sure the best way to get to the tower from there. As we were looking at the map, a little old lady, who was a volunteer for the MRT, came over and asked us if we needed help. We told her where we were going and she said there was a free shuttle bus to the tower. She told us to follow her and she darted off towards the exit. Mat and I ran after this little lady until we got outside to a bus stop. She assured us it was where the bus would come, and then she darted off again. Matt and I hung around the stop that was filled with a bunch of old people. When the bus came we were still a little confused if it was the right one, and the ancient man said "You need this bus, it goes to Taipei One Hundred and One!" in an old creepy voice. It was very cute, and we thanked him. The old people are so helpful in Taiwan.
So we were on our way, and soon we were dropped off out side. We wanted to get something to eat before we went to the top so we went to the food court to look for lunch. Most of the food places were japanese and had HUGE portions. After a few minutes of looking we gave up and got Mos Burger again. After our quick bite we went back out side and took some pics
We wandered around for awhile to find the consession stand to buy our ticket to go to the top. It was a ridiculous process, as you waited in line they take a green screen photo of you with 101 in the background, it was like we were going on an amusment park ride. We finally get to the elevator, which is the fastest in the world, and went up 80 floors in the matter of seconds. Made your ears pop! We make our way out to the viewing floor and its a bit crazy! I have never been in a super tall skyscraper, so to be up one of the tallest was amazing to me. The view was like looking off of a mountain!
We walked around the whole floor and then went and saw the famous Wind Damper! Matt was really excited about this, I wasn't quite sure how it worked, but it was a giant ball that helped the building move if there were high winds, I guess there were other dampers not on display for earth quakes and what not. There were even little mascots called "Damper babies" that were fun little characters representing 101. After we saw the whole place we left to go meet Yushin and Jess.
We took the MRT and met up with the girls and went for afternoon tea. We went to this fancy tea shop and got a snack and tea combo. They bring you all the tea they have so you can see and smell which ones you want. We picked a greeb tea and oolang. Then we got our tower of treats (snadwiches, scones and cookies) and just chilled out for a few hours
We went back to the hostel for a bit, and everyone napped, BUT I DIDNT!!! LOL, I refused and decided to read my book instead, then Yushin and I went to the night market for awhile. That night we planned on going to the Chiang Kai Shek memorial to have some beers, a very emo touristy thing to do, but first we decided to stop at a japanese place to get some dinner and some beer. Jess called her Friend Kelly and him and his friend Brian came to meet us. After a quick dinner we parted ways with Yushin and headed to 7 Eleven to get the beers. Another thing about Taiwan is there is no law about drinking on the streets, so we crack our beers open and walk to the memorial. Now this was all very sureal to me, the CKS memorial is HUGE, like one in Washington, so here we were at this massive monument in the dark with beers. We walked around the whole main building and picked a spot on the steps. We all chatted for awhile, then i pulled my cards out and we played some games until we finished our beers. Brian and Matt lost the game so we made them sing the national anthem, it was a stirring rendition.
The night was young, but Kelly wanted to get going because he was being eaten by mosquitos. We convinced him to go to Karaeoke. So we bough more beer and headed to a KTV place and got a room. It was all pretty ridiculous, they had the most random songs and some of them were chinese. We ordered more food and started singing. We almost went through the whole list of songs, some of the more notable ones were Careless Wisper and Eclipse of the Heart. We stayed until 4am and took a taxi back to the hostel. It was 5am by the time we got back, the sun was rising, it was a crazy night.
We were able to check out late since the three of us we pretty beat from our night before, so aound noon we stumbled from our hostel, back to Yushins parent's place. Matt took a nap and the rest of us just hung around and went online. It was pretty hot out so we were debating whether to go back to the hotsprings or not. We decided, why not, and headed out. For lunch we went to a goose place by Yushin's house. I had never tried goose before and it was really good, pretty greasey.
Then we haded on the long trip to the hotsprings. When we got off the MRT stop, we noticed a white guy handing out flyers. IT WAS A MORMON! LOL, I was so amused, I almost went up to talk to him. I opted to take a p[icture of him from across the street.
After a short walk, we got to the public hot springs. This place was outdoors and you wore a swim suit in it. When we got there we noticed it was mostly a bunch of old people. We change and go to get into the pool, and EVERYONE was starring at us, like over 30 people. I felt more comfortable being naked in the other hot springs. They were mostly staring at Matt's hair, plus he was breaking some rules by letting some of his hair get in the water and by sitting on the steps. After awhile though we got over it. There were about 7 pools. You go into the first pool which is the least hot, then you make your way up to the hottest pool. Yushin and I only got to the second hottest, we thought we could handle the hot pool but we couldnt even put our feet in and we scrambled back to the 2nd hottest pool. All of the old guys were laughing at us, and said, "Don't try it, it's too hot!" The men and women that were in the hotest pool, we witting silently, up to their necks with little towels no their heads, I had no idea how they were doing it. After ever couple of minutes or so we went to soak in the cool pools, which felt sooooo nice. We stayed there over an hour until we felt we had enough.
Earlier in the day we decided to go to a buffet, Jess and Yushin were really excited about it, and soon I would find out why. We got off at Taipei Main Station and went to this buffet. It was insanity, for about 30$ it was all you can eat of the tastiest japanese food. I'm talking sushi, sashimi, hand roll, beef, soup, beer, wine, fresh juice. It was overwhelming. I could not believe how much Yushin ate, sooooo much raw fish. I myself had about 8 pieces of Tuna, 2 pieces of salmon and 2 pieces of yellowtail, plus a bunch of other goodies. I ended the meal with 3 cups of creme brule..... Soooooo good and epic