|Shrine to the God of education|
In transit, we passed the first to serve bubble tea, which was invented in Taiwan. I was way too full to stop and buy a beverage but I'm certainly going to have my share of exotic beverages before I leave here! There's such a wide assortment of delicious liquid treats everywhere you look.
The next stop was Zeeland Fort. Once again, it was built by the Dutch but today's version retained much of its Japanese character. They had a nice new museum about the various occupiers of the area (and actual English captions unlike the last place which was a treat!). I enjoyed a free concert from a band based in Thailand which was comprised of mostly Englishmen but an American drummer. They were the first white people I saw all day and their jams had a really groovy South Pacific feel. Outside the fort was a major tourist, market area. Professor Lee said today's amount of visitors was about a quarter of the typical amount which was pretty amazing- I don't think I'd want to be there on an average day! I told you these Taiwanese people eat a lot and they were trying to feed me here too (after they ate ice cream at the Fort). This meal was a tofu oyster pancake- the English description that my buddy googled for me said it was supposed to be a dessert but it wasn't. I tried it but found it pretty strange.
After the snack, we went to the Rabbit and Bunny Japanese garden which I discussed a bit in the previous entry and then to the harbor. They were just wrapping up some Sean Lion festival and I was excited to see some of the sweet rice wrapped in bamboo that I made with Ling on one of our Chinese cooking classes back in the day. Supposedly they used to throw some overseas to appease the dragons or whatever lurked beneath.
I'm going to hunt down some offee) and investigate the chanting outside. (Turns out it was martial arts- various students practicing). Talk to you soon- hope all of you Americans are enjoying the three-day weekend! (c