12/4/09 – 12/6/09: Taipei, Taiwan
I guess Tina was worried that we hadn’t been eating well enough so far on our trip, because she and her boyfriend Michael WOULD NOT stop feeding us. Not that I’m complaining about that.
On Friday, they took us to La Zhong Jian, an all-you-can-eat hot pot place.
Midway through our hour and a half time limit, while Michael and Tina were upstairs filling up a plate with clams, beef, scallops, quail eggs, corn, mushrooms and cabbage, Kevin and I had the following conversation:
Z: So I was thinking for tomorrow –
K: Don’t talk during food time!
K: We’re on a timer! We don’t have time for pleasantries!
Kevin ate until he felt sick (a common Kevin theme at all-you-can-eat places), and I’m sort of proud to tell you that I ate 10 scoops of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. They were very small scoops.
After dinner, we went to a tea house, where we sat for two hours playing Spades and drinking bubble tea. I love Spades, and I love bubble tea, so I was pretty much in heaven.
Then on Saturday, they took us to Kanpai, a grill-your-own-meat barbecue place. The atmosphere was kind of loud and crazy, but the food – I honestly don’t think we’ve had a better meal since we left home.
After dinner, they took us to their favorite gelato place.
After that, we went again for Spades and bubble tea. Because our stomachs really needed the exercise.
And then today, before we left, they managed to feed us pancakes and eggs for brunch, hamburgers and fries for lunch and sandwiches and chips for a light afternoon “snack”. You know, so we wouldn’t go hungry on the 20-minute ride to Taipei airport.
Since we started planning the trip earlier last year, we went through a lot of changes in our itinerary. Taiwan was the last country we added, and I don’t know if I can fully express how thankful I am that we decided to do that. It was so wonderful to spend time with Tina and to meet Michael and to hang out with good friends. Really really really wonderful.
Tina and Michael, you guys are awesome and we love you.
P.S. I am still full.
Puzzles for Postcards
Hidden Presidential Surnames (Remember, at least five letters long, can be hidden forward or backward)
After his foul-mouthed rant at the judge, the defendant was unable to retract what he said.
The sun has yet to rise and I am about to go shopping to beat the Black Friday crowds.
Thought of the Day: Stationary stores that sell navy blue Pilot G-2 .5mm gel pens = amazing.
Picture of the Day: We met up with our friend Jessica from Vandy and had bubble tea at Fish House in Ximen, where you sit on swings!