With all the extra time I have on my hands by dragging my feet regarding either getting a second job or taking classes, I have a lot of time on my hands to explore Taipei. Yesterday, I ventured to the Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店) with my trusty 2.0 Megapixel camera in-hand. The hotel was built in 1952, shortly after Chiang Kai-Shek’s retreat to the island. The Generalissimo noticed the lack of 5-star hotels on the island, so had one built to house dignitaries. The Grand Hotel sits across the Keelung River and provides a spectacular view of the city.