Monday, November 21, 2011

Taiwan!!

Wow, how time flies.  I haven’t updated the blog in over a month and have had hundreds of people asking me for an update.  Well, not hundreds, exactly, tens...  Well, not tens, exactly.  Ones.  One.  

Since last time: I left Oregon behind, taking the coast road and enjoying the rain for a couple days.  I spent an afternoon inside an enormous building, the Tillamook Air Museum.  The entire thing is in one building and they use half of it for RV storage.  The building is over 317,000 square feet.

I then made my way to Gig Harbor, Washington, and prepared for the next big adventure, a 10-day trip to Taiwan, courtesy of the Kenda Pro Cycling Team.  Let me tell you, it is a wonderful place.  Friendly people, wonderful food, pretty good exchange rate... It’s not just a different country, it’s a different world there in more ways than I can point out. 

Here’s a small portion of the pictures I took while there.  Hello and thank you to any of the friends I made there, I do hope to come back and visit your country again.
During the Kenda Cup ride (not the race).  Bicycles are very popular in the land where most of them are made.
From Taiwan!!


Four racers and the chairman of Kenda.
From Taiwan!!




3 people on a scooter is illegal but still pretty common.


From Taiwan!!


I wish I could remember the name of this dish. Like pudding in thin gravy with beans.  

It was delicious once you could get past the texture.

From Taiwan!!


Hibachi.  

From Taiwan!!


I was not allowed to take pictures during the Kenda Tire Company factory tour, but they allowed this one: ATV tires used as planters.  

From Taiwan!!


At a Buddhist temple. 

From Taiwan!!


Giant Buddha.  Four stories high, you could go inside and see dioramas depicting the history of Buddhism.  
From Taiwan!!


From Taiwan!!


From Taiwan!!



From Taiwan!!


In Taipei.

From Taiwan!!


No coin slot found.

From Taiwan!!


Also from Taipei, scooters are primary transportation and they have to park somewhere.  

From Taiwan!!


Marble furniture.  I couldn't lift even a corner, so no idea how much a chair must weigh...

From Taiwan!!

This is less than 10% of the pictures I took.  More may show up later.


I'll be spending the winter months house sitting and cat-wrangling in Gig Harbor.  That may have an impact of the quality of the blog updates, but I'll do my best to keep it interesting.  


Later.