Are you having a good week? I am enjoying my time here in Taiwan. The work hours are long, but I try to get out and see a few things every morning and evening so when I get home I have some memories of my trip that don't involve work!
Before I share my iphone dump, let me share my Asian themed card with you.
This card includes a great sentiment from Confucius and that little bird button is an embellishment I got while in Singapore last summer.
So on to my i-phone dump. These are just a bunch of random photos I took while out and about.
This first photo is a picture from out the gym window at the W. The big building is Taipei 101. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. The lower floors house a very high end mall and then there is an observation deck at the top.
Below is a photo of the gym at the W. They call it SWEAT. Very appropriate. It is very humid in Taiwan and yes, when you move, you sweat. I've been good this trip and hit SWEAT every morning at 6:00am.
Below is a photo of a typical intersection in Taipei. A lot of people ride these scooters to work. Many carry two people on them. Even with traffic lights, they supplement with traffic cops with whistles. The streets buzz with the sound of scooters and traffic cop whistles.
Okay, so the above photo just struck me as funny. What do you suppose 'Busking' is? The photo indicates a court jester with coins being thrown. I would guess it means no street entertaining for money, but Busking? That's a new one for me. Amazing that I would learn a new english word while in Taiwan. Funny.
So, below is a photo of the Taipei Night Market. Oh - my - word - what a gross experience. Everyone talks about this night market as a 'must do' activity while in Taiwan. It is a street vendor experience - Chinese style. So I envisioned lots of street vendors hawking their goods mixed in with food vendors selling all kinds of Chinese junk food. Well it was all that and more.
So of course I expected to see strange food. What I didn't expect was the awful smells. There is a dish called 'stinky tofu.' It smells like fresh horse manure. So every few feet you would get this big ole whiff of poo and then walk by some gross looking food, and everyone that was walking around was eating something.
The market was very crowded. Quite a few people were carrying around little dogs and many of the vendors had small dogs in their booths. There were young people, old people and kids. All were Asian. I didn't see one black person, and only two western looking people. It is obviously a popular local hang out and a place for Asian tourists.
So I grabbed a taxi, got back to my hotel and headed to the very cool department store Eslite next to the W.
Eslite is like a store and a mall all in one. It's a department store - kind of - with a lot of boutique depts inside. You check out in each department but you can get an Eslite discount card and there are no walls in between the different departments. Plus, the departments are all organized by floor so books, CD's and stationary is all together on one floor and fashion, shoes and accessories are all on another floor. I think there were 7 floors all together. It was really pretty and interesting, but not cheap.
No bargains here though. All of the stuff they were selling was from USA...... Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Martha Stewart.... But in the stationary store I found some Washi Tape and two cool pens for Jessa. So I didn't come home empty handed (not that any of you afraid that would happen!!)
Well, this has become an incredibly long post and most of you have probably stopped reading by now, but for those who read till the end, I hope you enjoyed my Taipei i-phone dump!
Stop by on the 25th for my Papertrey Ink Blog Hop entry and then starting on the 26th (or maybe the 27th) I'll have stories and pictures from Japan!
Have a great day.