Fast Train to Elmo

Trip Start Sep 29, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009


MON 10/5/09 - It was time to leave the warm shelter of the Ko's hospitality (and translation services) and set out on our own.  It was time for a train, a really fast train: Taiwan's High Speed Rail.  In no time, or however much time it takes a train traveling at ~300 km/h to go from Kaohsiung to Taipei, we were in Taipei.

TUE 10/6/09 - Today we went to the National Palace Museum, and we went for two main reasons:

1) My reason: I am utterly fascinated by all things carved or miniature.  Carved AND miniature is a double-winner for me.  So when someone told me about a tiny boat - carved from an olive pit - with working shutters and expressions on all eight passengers, I had to take a gander.  Since photography isn't allowed within the museum, here's a stock photo:

2) Dennis' reason:  Someone told him about a jade stone that looked so much like a piece of stewed meat, you could almost smell the marinade.  We guffawed.  Surely, an exaggeration!  But there it was.  

There was also a jadeite cabbage, which, while very pretty and green, couldn't hold a candle to this little slab of porkness.

When the wonder of the museum's star attractions wore off, we headed for the Shilin Night Market (where we picked up some very tasty baozi) and then to Danshui (where we unsuccessfully tried to locate the Fisherman's Wharf).

WED 10/7/09 - From the people-mover at the Taipei airport, we spot the perfect subject for our last photo of this entry.  
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that huge head is a doll Hi lo ki lan that little Chloe loves, she has the doll. Chloe bein Dennis niece.

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