June gloom arrives early in Taipei, and is remarkably inconsistent. May is the drab month here, but we’ve had some remarkably bright (and hot) days– just never on the weekend! I lie; yesterday was quite nice, but I procrastinated going out to a nearby national park to go hiking and just enjoy nature because I thought it would be easier to do it today after dragon boat practice.
I woke up bright and (over an hour) early this morning to a power outage and the jackhammering of generators. Since I couldn’t go back to sleep, I decided to stay up to take a cold shower to mitigate the 5am humidity and pack my purse for the day (hiking and work out clothes in the bag, dress for city wandering on me, tape to protect my hands– forgotten, washcloth to dry off with after practice– forgotten). Somehow, I still wound up arriving at the MRT station a little to late to walk to practice, so I grabbed a cab and wasted 115元. On the bright side, I didn’t sidetrack through a construction zone or shimmy under a fence today, which is more than I can say about last Sunday.
Practice went well despite increasingly heavy rain from 9am on, and afterward, I walked barefoot through the pouring rain with some teammates to the closest MRT. It was excellent! After talking with Rebecca, I decided to kill some time at Taipei 101 where there’s an excellent bookstore with a wide selection of English books. I hadn’t been there before, but I got directions and set off. Unfortunately, I set off in the wrong direction and had to hop out and retrace my steps back along the blue line. It was a little irritating, but it cost me nothing but time.
Let me tell you: Page One is awesome. I spent over 1500元 and I only regret it a tiny bit. Their only flaw is that they don’t have enough cushy chairs. The food court at Taipei 101 is also awesome, and I had a lunch I couldn’t finish for about $3. The soup was an intriguing mix of guts and starchy vegetables topped with cilantro (I love how popular it is here!), and the rice with meat sauce and vegetables with meat sauce were delicious.
I met up with Rebecca and Steve and we went to Miramar to see Shrek 4. I wasn’t too keen on the choice, but it was the lesser of 8 or 9 evils, and turned out to have a few good laughs. It was also really nice to see my friends again, and it topped off a good day perfectly.
Parentheses overuse! I do apologize.