We're in Minnesota now, getting over jetlag and enjoying the hospitality of Alex's parents! After uploading all 879 of my photos onto my laptop, I became nostalgic (already!) for Taiwan. There was so much great stuff we didn't get to share on the blog. Here are a few shots that didn't make it.
Speaking of expressing yourself, this scooter was completely bedazzled in a tribute to the NY Yankees.
Taiwanese player on their roster, is Taiwan's favorite team.
highly coveted in the UK and will set you back $1,100. At a price like that, you might as well shell out a couple hundred more and get a round trip ticket to Taiwan to pick up a few of the little guys here.
And for the more tongue-in-cheek sweet tooth...
Don't let all the candy and fried food fool you; the Taiwanese are extremely health conscious. Everyone is always watching their weight and eating "Chinese medicine" foods. Regular workouts are also a part of the culture, though the Taiwanese idea of working out differs in approach from American custom. In the early morning, middle-aged to elderly men and women gather in groups in the park to essentially swing their arms around. Laughing at the end of the workout is also good for the body. Here's a video from my trip a few years ago, taken in the morning at Da-An Park in Taipei.
The parks also feature work-out equipment next to jungle-gyms and slides. Though they mimic in appearance ellipticals and stairmasters, they offer little resistance. I think they look pretty neat, and they're definitely fun to play on.
The best part of the trip for me wasn't the crazy food, scenic vistas or interesting style/design. I loved getting to spend time with my Taiwanese family. It was such a treat to get to be in Taiwan with my cousin Sharon. Sharon is my age, but grew up on the West coast so we didn't really get to know each other until we were both in Chicago.