Epic as in ‘this is very overdue, so to compensate, I will provide many many pictures. Show of hands, how many of you even remember me going on vacation?
So here we go, the 6 best moments of my stay in Taiwan (and there are cute baby pictures of my namesake at the end, if you need more enticing).
1. One of my closest friends happened to arrive in Taiwan just days after I landed. I called her to ask if she wanted to go out to eat once she was over her jetlag.
“Actually we’re going to Yilan for lunch today,” she said, “you want to come?”
Yilan is a city far outside Taipei. People usually go there for weekend spa getaways. Let’s say I lived in Paris (always the dream). This is akin to her asking if I wanted to drive over to London with her to grab a quick bite. Ok, it’s nowhere near that extreme, I just wanted to mention Paris because I love Paris. But there was definitely a long moment of silence.
Part of our drive was spent breezing through the 8 mile long Xue Shan Tunnel. If you’ve never driven through an 8 mile long tunnel, let me assure you it’s a lot of tunnel.
I also saw this giraffe pole, which made me smile. It’s the little things:
2. The food. In general. As for the food in Yilan, it was delicious, even though I no longer remember the name of this restaurant. Behold, the most dramatic watermelon I have ever eaten in my life:
Cotton candy on milk custard for dessert:
A couple more food shots, this time from a restaurant in Taipei. Being on an island means fresh sashimi all the time:
Matcha ice cream with red beans:
3. About a week after we had lunch in Yilan, my friend called me up again. She always calls with good news. This time, it was an extra ticket to the Salvador Dali exhibit in Taipei. She asked if maybe I wanted to go with her.
Anyone who knows me in real life knows that this is an unnecessary question. Want to be my best friend? Take me to a fine art museum. Or an art exhibit. Or a shop that sells replicas of my favorite works of art. This was two out of three. We went home with a melting clock apiece. Unfortunately, there were no pictures allowed inside, so this is the only shot I took.
4. Being legal for 3 weeks and that last, lovely glass of champagne.
5. Corn guy! This is going to be my 2012 Halloween costume.
Even though he was smiling right at me, I don’t think he knew I was taking a picture. So I cropped his face because I’m considerate that way.
6. My beautiful, wonderful family. This is my grandma eating McDonald’s soft serve with chopsticks. I love her so much:
And as promised, pictures of little baby mini-MM. As I said before, I have high hopes for her. Already, I’m seeing similarities (she loves to sleep, is hungry all the time, and stares intensely at people).
Did I mention she’s adorable? She’s so adorable, I almost posted 50 pictures of her on here. But I suppose 2 will suffice. And yes, I received permission from her mother to share these.
And that ends my summer adventures post! Have any of you ever been to Taiwan? What are your favorite vacation memories ever? Who else is cooing over mini-MM right now?