17 October 2011

the boys arrive

taiwan108-petitthe londoner has left for cambodia. and is promptly replaced with two french boys.

the adventure continues, but definitely a bit wilder.

taiwan082-petitnothing says breakfast in taiwan like cold sweetened soymilk.

here soymilk is no fad or health craze. it just is what it is. soymilk. that’s it.

taiwan126-petitafter a brief discussion of who wants to do what and where, the itinerary is set.

that is the great part of taiwan: its so small that things can be planned on the fly.

taiwan084-petitone of the first ideas: go north.  to the coast. to see the sea.

taiwan085-petitand all it takes is a simple bus ride to get here.

taiwan086-petitboats. harbor. fish.

again – it’s the same stuff you did in france with them.

only the place has changed.

taiwan087-petitchurches are replaced with temples.

taiwan088-petitthe pacific is much much much more powerful than the english channel.

taiwan089-petitit is also typhoon season.

taiwan092-petithere at yehliu, you ignore the crowds and admire the rock formations.

taiwan094-petitthe sun is heavy.

taiwan095-petit the winds are biting.

taiwan097-petitthe mood stays silly because you are with two boys.

taiwan098-petitpoke!

you will randomly poke your friends to verify they exist because you can’t believe not only are you not alone, you’re with your french friends.

taiwan099-petitwhoever could’ve predicted that friendships started in a french foyer would go all the way to taiwan?

taiwan100-petitthen you all decide to go for a dip.

taiwan101-petitthe waves are perfect.

the beach is sandy (rare in taiwan)

more importantly, the water is warm.

elle est bonne, your friends agree.

[she (the sea) is good.]

taiwan102-petitthe red flag is ignored.

boys – even boys who are trained lifeguards – will ignore the rules.

taiwan104-petitbut not so fast. the lifeguard blows his whistle and points away from the ocean.

taiwan105-petitah. apparently, when there is a typhoon warning, not only can you not go swimming you cannot be on the sand as well.

taiwan106-petitcultural lesson learned as the shoes are put back on.

mais on était si proche de nager!” you sigh disappointedly.

[but we were so close to swimming!]

taiwan107-petit nobody stays sad long.

taiwan110-petit  the next day, it’s back in the city and in the metro.

taiwan115-petitto taipei 101.

Back Camerait’s the obligatory tourist stop that everybody must see.

you suppose – the world’s second tallest building – that is worth it.

taiwan119-petitremember. umbrella. you need it.

taiwan121-petitit does rain – heavily – but never for more than a few hours.

taiwan125-petitrain, sun, and photos: the three functions of an umbrella.

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