On Thursday evening, Catherine and myself left Taipei for Nantou. On the bus ride a film was playing which appeared to be a public service announcement about how not to die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning in the event of a car accident inside a tunnel. The film starred three Taiwanese people and their foreign friend who was excited about the wonderful sights the island had to offer, but was confused by some of the customs to which his Taiwanese friends would come to his rescue and save him from imminent embarrassment… at least that’s what I remember from the movie.
After spending the night in Nantou and hearing Cathy’s family argue that I lost weight (which is actually untrue, I lost 15 lbs when student teaching during the Fall, but I quickly gained it back over the Winter holidays), we went to Changhua on Friday to see Cathy’s godmother who holds a very high position at a company in Changhua’s industrial park.
After leaving the office, we grabbed lunch at a restaurant in Changhua. The meal consisted of Shrimp Ball Soup, Chicken Roll, Taiwanese Sausage, and Pig Intestine… I’ll let you guess which one I never want to eat again:
Outside the next temple was a Dragon Boat, which is used in annual races to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet from southern Chu during the Warring States Period:
After a fun-filled day in Changhua, Cathy, her family, and I went to Taichung for dinner, we had hoped to go to this toilet themed restaurant, but the wait was one and a half hours so we opted instead for a Japanese-style restaurant down the street.
On Saturday, Cathy, her mother, her aunt, her nephew, and myself started our day by going to Sun Moon Lake, the largest lake in Taiwan:
On Sunday (the day I came down with the cold I am currently battling) I was treated to lunch at the Elephant Steak House, where you order a steak and then all your apps, side dishes, and deserts are buffet-style:
After lunch Cathy, her sister, and I went shopping. Here I am with one of their friends (my last job in the United States was at a bar called Player’s Lounge, and I was an exceptional employee, so I recieved this shirt, I think it’s hilarious):
That’s all for the weekend in Central Taiwan.