The hotel I stayed in had "chinese breakfast" - I conjured up all sorts of tasty possibilities, like congee. Instead, we had a bunch of dishes that were on the tad oily side and a heaven for flies/gnats. I poked the serving spoon into a dish of pickled vegetables and a swarm of surprised little buggers flew out. Yikes! So I decided to sample some of the other dishes. The braised gluten strips were particularly tasty:
After that grease-fest I decided a nice walk was in order. Wearing flipflops, sunglasses, and a tank top (woo hoo, warm weather!) I headed to the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Although it is accessible by MRT, I was still operating in Korea-mode and assumed that two metro stops is a normal walking distance. Later in the day I would find this to be true. And also false.
On the way there you run into the back of the Presidential Office:
And a random park:
From this park you can see the front of the Presidential Office:
Nearby is a very large public library:
And finally, Liberty Square! Through the middle arch you can see the CKS Memorial Hall.
To prove I was actually in Taipei and didn't just send my doppelganger, I attempted to take a selca. The wind made it a little difficult.
So I cautiously took pictures from the opening:
By this time it was considerably hot. I decided to walk through Da'an Park on the way to lunch:
Here is a "foot massage path" - even while wearing shoes I found this pretty painful. I wimped out halfway through:
And finally lunch!
I was, however, able to request that my soymilk be cold. ("Bing!")
And this sandwich. Whoa. That's a fried donut stick (not sweet) inside a salty, flaky bread "roll" - yes, a BREAD sandwich. Understandably, I was in heaven.