Thursday, April 10, 2008
Day 11: Back to the Pearl Lady, Lunch at Mary's, and Fond Memories
After a trip to the doctor, who told us that Taiwan bugs take longer to get rid of than United States of America bugs and to expect two weeks of sickness for the kids, we decided we needed a root beer pick-me-up. Holden, Hazel, and I braved the long walk to the metro station, the long ride on the metro, and the long taxi ride to the Pearl Lady. I had to get some more gifts before leaving the country, you see..... So, after the Pearl Lady, we endured the long walk over to Wellman's, where we purchased a 6 pack of rootbeer and some rice a roni for twice the United States of America price. Then we ate lunch at Mary's, which was a real treat. Hamburgers! BLT's! Fries! Milkshakes! And they were delish, and cheap! Good bye, McDonalds! I don't care that you are simply one long walk away. I would MUCH rather walk to the metro, ride it several stops south, take a bus or taxi, and then walk a long way in order to eat at Mary's. By the end of our journey, we were all barely hanging on because of the exhaustion, but at least we were well-fed.
I have been reminiscing about the fun things Taiwan has to offer, especially now that I can't seem to do any of them because my kids are on their death beds. For example, there's this awesome park, called the 2-28 Peace Park, and they have these wicked cool cement slides.
Not to mention the wicked cool kids that go down the slides. Plus, the people-watching opportunities to be taken advantage of there are unbelievable, and the area is just BURSTING with culture! For example, what the heck is "Spong Ebob"? If you can't see it, that's what it says on the seat of that Taiwanese kid's pants (click to enlarge). Could "Spong eBob" be some sort of Taiwanese blessing of peace and good fortune? Or is it a saying from the native tribes of the island? I guess I'll never know!
Tune in tomorrow for day 10! Maybe we'll get some photos of our armchair!