It’s been almost a week since I’ve been back from Taiwan and I feel like I need a vacation to recover. My back was sore the first few days but it gradually got better. My chiropractor gave me a regimen of stretching and exercises to do. I did catch a cold in Taiwan but thankfully it wasn’t a bad one.
It was our second trip to Taiwan in 2 years. Why Taiwan again? Well, because we liked it a lot last year and wanted to explore a bit more. I don’t speak Mandarin aside from a couple of phrases. Most of the time, I just said “thank you”. This year we spent a bit more time in Kenting for some badly needed down time. We walked a lot, ate quite a bit of street food, visited temples, beaches, a gay spa (*blush*), attended Taipei Pride, shopped a bit and I got to meet up with a fellow blogger (Andrew). I had a great chat with him and ’ll have to write about that meet up in a separate entry.
You can visit my Instagram for some pictures. It’s been awhile since I shot this much with my DSLR. Compared to what’s out there, my camera is outdated but it’s still does a decent job. Here are some other pictures.
Shrimp fishing at Shilin Night Market. They cook your catch afterwards. It’s tough being a shrimp.
This young man is wearing a bean sprout hair clip that’s part of a craze. It’s one of the many things he was selling in his booth.
It was the first of the lunar month when we visited Xingtian Temple and Longshan and the temple was quite busy. I try to check if photography is allowed. If so, I try not to be intrusive. I didn’t carry a long lens with me, just a 17mm to 55mm lens. If I wanted a close up, I had to get closer to my subject.
Longshan Temple (Taipei)
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial – we dropped in and watched the changing of the guards. It’s free and there are other exhibits too. But yeah, I like watching the soldiers. They have quite a routine and it gets packed with tourists who will jostle you for your spot (even if you were there first). The changing of the guards happen every hour.
Here’s a view of Taipei from Taipei 101 at dusk.
Jiufen – we took the bus up to this small village. It used to be a gold mining town and was the setting for a couple of films which helped revive it’s popularity. It was jammed with tourists when we visited.
We caught these 2 street performers / buskers a couple of times at Ximen in Taipei. They had a predominantly dance routine that was interspersed with humour and audience interaction. I enjoyed watching them.
This is getting to be a large post so I’ll end it here for now. I’ll post some more soon. It feels a bit strange and depressing going back to work. I need to figure out a way to get into a more positive frame of mind to deal with work.