things that made me smile in taiwan:

- the sight of the grand palace hotel when you are entering taipei
- the night markets (and the cobra we saw there, yes people really eat snake) and the street games
- the super fancy restaurant inside the night market
- being able to hand pick some of the best seafood i've ever had
from the sea creatures swimming around in tanks out front (squid beak,
shrimps, cross b/w shrimp and lobster, oyster, crab, squid, fish,
noodle soup)
- our driver Mr. Liu in Kaohsuing (cow-shung) in the south and his
computerized mandarin to english translator and how he drove us out to
Kenting (beach/national park) and dropped us off for the night! and how
he wouldn't let us pay for anything and took us to this cool temple in
the middle of no where and bought us a bowl of hot honey bean soup with
ice on top that was pretty damn good (pic)
- having david (our taiwanese buddy order for us every night) and
explain to us a bit of taipei way of life/ struggles with china, etc.
- learning how to say thank you in mandarin, shi sha
- the marriage tribal dance of the ancient taiwanese people and they
way they picked poohpah2 and I out of the crowd and made us do it on the
stage! ha.
- the smell of the temples, and when I was beckoned over to make an
offering in the temple with the stack of 'money' and it flew off of my
hand piece by piece into the furnace..beautiful.
- the fields of butan palm trees (skinny palm trees that you eat)
- driving throw the southern country side and seeing the bird farms
(holy bird flu) and the fruit fields and fish farms
- a day at the beach surrounded by the jetting tropical mountains


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