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Sep 14, 2018 - Taiwan Baseball & City Sights

Having gone to three professional baseball games while in Japan, had to attend one in Taiwan. There are only four teams in the Taiwan League so viewing options are a bit limited. But, the Taipei team, Fubon Guardians, had a home game scheduled so onto the metro it is, and to the stadium. Obtaining a ticket was absolutely no problem. Stadium capacity is 12,000, and I would estimate there were 500 fans in attendance. Pick a seat - any seat. Or just move around the stadium and watch the game from different vantage points. That's what I did....

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Sep 13, 2018 - Taipei from the Top

I don't know why, but I've always enjoyed, nay pursued, the views from high above; though am extremely afraid being near the edge of a high place - no, knee buckling terrified. The perspective from on-high is humbling, and awe inspiring. We are so small, and Mother Earth so HUGE. Hence, journeys to tall buildings are an opportunity to see a place from a vastly different perspective. Walking the streets is a great way to get a feel for a city, but that view from above puts it all into a big picture. Especially as to how the place is...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Taipei Redux Day Two

The dire threats of bad wet weather have not materialized yet this week; Hurray ! In fact, it's been the best consecutive days weather we've experienced in Taiwan. So, outside we go. Today was to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial. We had not been in the building 10 minutes when we're asked to move away from the center area of the memorial rotundra. Should've researched more, but there is a changing of the Honor Guards every hour on the hour. The 15 minute formal process was precision in motion. Every step, every body motion of each guard was...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Taipei Re-visited

Drove from Hsinchu up to Taipei (actually Taoyuan where Taipei International Airport is located) and returned our rental car. In 20 days we circumnavigated the Taiwan Island with some journeys into the central mountain regions. Travelled 1561 km, or a bit under 1,000 miles. The tollways we used cost a grand total of $14 ! Total petrol cost $125. Definitely a travel bargain, which enabled us to really venture off standard routes and see the country. First day back in Taipei decided to visit a Hand Puppet Theater/Museum. Luck was with us...

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Aug 20, 2018 - Taiwan On

Journey from our hotel to Narita Airport was quick & without delay, and so we arrived about three hours before flight time. Unfortunately, check-in does not begin until two hours before flight time. Fortunately, we were 1st in line for check-in. Better news upon checked-in; we were asked if we would prefer to sit in an exit row because we spoke English. Instantly, "Thank you, Yes we would". As we boarded it was very evident that the exit row seating was a present from the airline gods. The standard seating rows were REAL CLOSE to each...

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Feb 1, 2015 - Sunday: Back to Taipei, on to Cambodia

Today we began our day at 7 a.m. with meditation. Twenty minutes later, we began folding our clothes and scrambling to pack. A request for breakfast gets us a few extra minutes to pack followed by a quick breakfast of a small amount of fresh fruit, sprouts, and a scrambled egg with white bread. Then it was back to the room to continue to packing. In my case, packing into my little suitcase is really a challenge. In fact, Ellery suggested we carry it out to the car and worry about it later: a grand idea, I think. After all, the drive to the...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Monday, Monday

This was to be an exciting day. My Bro might not think so, but then he hasn't tried to get around lately in Taipei! The city is busy beyond belief. Cars, motor bikes, buses, bicycles: everyone is traveling so fast, it's enough to create stress just looking at the street let alone attempting to travel on it by foot or, as in our case today, by car! Rich is driving, so the first thing we did was find the car rental in the middle of the city. It took a certain stick-to-it-tiveness to make it from the Subway station to a half-mile distance to...

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Jan 25, 2015 - Sunday: A Day of Rest?

Good Morning, Everyone! We here in Taiwan are a full 14 hours ahead of you. That means you are settling in to your Saturday night, and we are beginning a new day. We've been lucky in the weather department. Ellery tells me winters are usually rainy and cold. It's been beautiful here. Yesterday 70s put the sun on my face as we enjoyed a leisurely tea break of 2-1/2 hours in the mountains between gondola rides. I'll be sure to show you photos in a moment. As for how this day began, it is with the usual concern for clothes drying. We brought...

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Jan 24, 2015 - Saturday: What to Do!

(I just lost an hour and a half's journal entry due to not saving. Please have faith as I start again. I shall re-do and finish! I'm like a pit bull this morning, and I refuse to be beaten!) We start each day with a shower, washing out our clothes from the day before and hanging it to dry. It's a process, and it's kind of fun living so bare bones. I love the clothes that I brought, and as long as they are clean, I have enough choices for all kinds of weather. First things first: journal entry, coffee, adventure. Today our coffee shop of...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Evening: Night Market

"You are such a good sport," Ellery tells me, "for trying all the foods I put in front of you." After tonight, I would have to agree, as you likely shall in a moment. The Night Market in Taipei is an extravaganza of color, street performers, people moving in all directions, and food of all varieties except for that which North Americans are familiar. So what's a person to do in this environment? Go with the flow...literally! "Taste this, mom, go ahead, taste it!" "What is it?" "Taste it first; then I'll tell you." Can't guess,...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Lunch and an Afternoon Visit to Ellery's Cram School

Food times are always exciting. We never know what we are going to get...at least Rich and I do not know. And I have made the promise to "be a good sport" and try everything Ellery puts in front of me. Rich has done so also. That means if it contains meat, so be it. If it contains ???, so be it also. Just the way foods are put together is interesting in and of itself...as you shall see. First, Ellery looks at and fills out the menu. We order, and the gorgeous food arrives. I am trying hard to learn to manage chopsticks. I've never been...

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Jan 23, 2015 - Morning

Freezing cold w/wool socks, leggings, and top on along with my wool cap and goose down sweater, I finally fell asleep last night. Six and a half hours later I was up and happily showering while Rich got us coffee down the street as our Air BnB does not supply coffee. And only a small amount of TP. But I'll save that discussion for later. Ellery came over by 8:30 a.m. announcing our plans for our adventure today. I planned to be flexible and to try any foods he decided would be worth trying if for no other reason than to say we...

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