Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Emersed into Tawian Culture.

On Tuesday, we took a break from the travel WODs. And for some reason we gave into danishes and pastries this day.  Who would have known that lining the streets of Taipei were gorgeous European bread shops.  Getting an early start, we headed to Beitou where you can luxuriate in sulphurous waters ranging from frigid to a bubbling 45 degrees C.  Here it is important wear a  bathing suit as bathing au naturel is not permitted.  As the only Americans, we made ourselves comfortable amongst the Asians partaking in this scalding experience.  Luckily we did not get in trouble by the "hot spring cop" as we were on our best behavior.  By the way, it cost less than $2 to add this experience to our bucket list.
Maokong gondola was the perfect ending to our relaxing day. The gondola took us over amazing views of Taipei and the lush Zhinan River Valley into the picturesque rows of tea leaves.  Here, we were able to sample tradition Taiwanese tea houses.  This was a spectacular experience while taking in the mountains and Taipei 101 in the distance. 
Starving we make our way back to the noisy streets of the city to #21 Seafood and Goose, for a real local dining experience.  The specialities that we decided to try were the Kung Pao Chicken, baby clams with basil and ginger, grilled shrimp, and sauteed veggies.  Jay claims for this to be the best Taiwanese food he has had this far.
Today, we awoke early hoping to experience Taiwanese culture at it's best at a local memorial hall.  At 6:30 in the morning one can experience Tai Chi along with country line dancing.  It's amazing at the number of Asians dressed in matching uniforms participating in their exercise routine this early in the morning.  Amongst this, we completed our travel WOD.  This WOD consisted of 10 RTF: 10 burpees and 10 situps.  Burpee count in for the day! Yes! ;) For the remainder of the day, we were at the Taipei AMAP show looking for new product and meeting with manufactures.  The end of the day consisted of a local Tawianese dinner with a manufactor. On the menu was pork meatballs to bean curd filled dumplings with lots and lots of wine!   PALEO:1 vs RICE: 7.  Rice won this dinner.

1 comment:

JENNIFER said...

Sounds like you are having a great time!! Hope you guys had a Happy Easter/Passover! And Happy Almost Birthday to Jay! Miss you!!! XO