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Trip Report Nywoman an older single traveler explores Taiwan and Japan

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Here we go again It's hard to keep a Fodorite at home. My first report from Taipei.
September 12th
Well I am off, flight is one hour late in departing, but I am happy with my Krug Champagne that the flight attendant refers to as sparkling wine. The meal service is quite spectacular with 7 courses offered, most of it very good. During the first course a lovely crab salad and Ahi tuna I managed to break a tooth on a soft piece of bread. It is quite visible when I smile, unfortunately I will be landing Friday early evening , don’t know if there are dentists who speak English that work on Saturday. One of the flight attendants gave me the name of her dentist. I was able to get an appointment at 3.30 on Saturday
October 14th

My first day in Taipan has been very wet and rainy, did I say rainy, maybe an intermittent deluge of rain is a better way of describing the day. I started out by walking to Chiang Kai-Sheks Memorial which is huge. It was built in the 1980’s but looks much older. It is a perfect example of classical Chinese architecture and quite interesting to see.

An art gallery exhibiting beautiful contemporary water colours, was unable to get a catalogue but each piece instead of a name had it’s measurements. Then it was on to the galleries that depicted CKS’s life including the two Cadillacs and sedans that he was carried in. Many many photos with leaders of the world and other memorabilia. I found it totally fascinating.

There is a concert hall and a theatre on the grounds, the sheltered entrances were the scenes of teenagers practicing complicated dance routines to hip-hop music, or was it rap? Scores sitting down painting. Very impressive, they were all working so hard and joyfully together.

I was going to go to the National Museum of Taiwan History and ended up at the Camphor Museum.
Very interesting and beautifully done. The Museum had at one point been a Camphor manufacturing plant that also produced Opium. Outside in the garden was a Farmers market e.g. is there were a few farmers and several other South East Asian exhibitors, mainly from Malaysia as well as a group of women from Indonesia that live in Taiwan. The Farmers market is a new venture that is being promoted and tried out in several locations. Because of the rain it was very poorly attended which was a shame for the exhibitors that had traveled so far. This is putting my values on what appeared to be a very jolly group. The women who came from a small village Cheng Long, were originally from Indonesia and wore clothes from that region they were a very cheerful group who made a drink/fruit salad with produce gotten from the farmers.

There were noodles sold, coffee which had a mushroom mixed in the neutralize the acidity, Shrimp caught in the wetlands, cookies by Julie’s. Since there were few customers the vendors kept on sharing with each other and the rain kept on pelting down. I had to leave for the dentist and took a taxi the average rate seems to be around $3.50 for a 15 minute ride. 3 hours later and $120 I have the best looking temporary crown.

By now jet lag has set in and I am starving, too tired to go to any night market I stop by a busy place that serves a buffet meal for $2.30. It was quite good and very filling. Taxi to the hotel and crashed into bed at 8 pm.

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