Sunday, November 21, 2010
As you know (or you SHOULD know, LOL!), I was in Taiwan last week. I'm going to give a summary and hopefully post some pics in this blog and probably at least one more. It was a week long trip and if I told you about all of it in one blog, you would probably get tired of reading and I would definitely get tired of typing!
I left Friday, November 12th, at 9:30 in the morning. I listened to the advice of lots of people and decided to use what I thought would work best for me. I took carry-ons only (worked out well), drank a lot of water and walked around on the 10+ hour plane ride from Seattle to Tokyo Japan. I also stayed awake for most of the trip. Read one full book on the way over and started a second. Unfortunately, the second book was a book I had already read! Good thing we were on one of the new planes that had individual screens. So, I watched "Knight and Day" and "Despicable Me" before we landed.
The trip from Tokyo to Taipei was about three hours and I slept through the whole thing. I just couldn't stay awake any more. One of my co-workers was supposed to be on the same flight to Taipei from Tokyo, but I didn't see him. In Taipei, I did see two other co-workers who had traveled on a different airline and were heading to a different subcon. Turns out that the guy I was supposed to meet had his flight to Tokyo cancelled and he didn't get into Taiwan until Sunday night (I got there Saturday night). Thank goodness I was on a different flight!
That first night was not a good one. I had a headache and both the mattress and the pillows were HARD! I slept poorly and felt nauseous. Luckily, the next morning, the subcon rep (SR) was there to take me sightseeing. He had a full day planned. The National Museum, Lungshan Temple, Chang Kai Shek memorial, Taipei 101 and a night market were all on the itinerary...plus lunch at Din Tai Fung. We met another co-worker of mine at the National Museum, so there were four of us total doing all of the touring. One guy told me that I had seen everything he had seen and he's been to Taiwan between 8 and 10 times! Pictures from my hotel room in Taipei.
The National Museum hosts a large number of China's national treasures. Chang Kia Shek apparently brought them all with him when he left China. Good for me...not so good for China! LOL! My favorite exhibit was a single piece of jade that had been carved to look like a head of cabbage with tow insects sitting on top of it. Picture below (I hope).
Here are some pics of the National Museum as well. I wasn't allowed to take photos inside, so the outside is all you get.