Saturday, August 8, 2009
Day 3 - Keelung and Jiufen
This morning we loaded up with Mr. Yeh, Alex, Joyce, Travis and little Jing and headed north. We went to Keelung and looked at the massive female buddha statue. She is the buddha of safety for the fisherman...fitting since she overlooks the harbor. Beautiful. There is a huge bell that you can ring for luck, but unfortunately, they took the rope that you use to ring it down for the typhoon. Darn typhoon. We briefly peaked in the temple and headed back to the car.
From here, we were supposed to go to the Yeliu Geo Park, and Ocean World, but they were both also closed due to the typhoon. Darn typhoon.
Mr. Yeh decided we should go to Jiufen instead. It's a beautiful city high up on a mountain. We loved it. We walked through a market and got to buy some great souvenirs for our kids and friends and try some wonderful foods. One thing about the markets here, there are some strong odors from some of the fish and seafood.
We had a ton of fun and laughed alot despite the rain and wind from the darn typhoon. I even managed to do what I'd set out to: eat stinky tofu and drink bubble tea. Joyce was impressed. :)
All in all, a very good, fun day. Alex and Mr. Yeh are very sweet and accommodating. It's funny, if you even mention the 7-11 or Starbucks in your conversation, next thing you know, you're parked in front of one. :)
Jake & Sara
We got great stuff for you two today! Can't wait to be home to show you your treasures. We love you always and talk about you both all day long. :) Have fun!!