December 19th was my 24th birthday!!! I’m getting old! 😛 To celebrate, Nick took me to Kaohsiung, the second biggest city in Taiwan and boy did we party!!! By party, I mean we went to bed by 11pm each night. We’re crazy, I know!!!! (Like I said, I’m getting old).
Despite our old people sleeping habits, we had a great time!!! We kicked off our weekend adventure with a small night market near our hotel. They had some really interesting food choices. Huge octopus tentacles and oysters were just a few (and they say everything’s bigger in Texas). In addition to all the food, we also saw lots of dog clothing shops. The people here love their dogs, and, in my humble opinion, love dressing them up even more! I think there’s something in the water, because Nick and I stopped at every shop to look for something for Bai. What’s happening to us?!!!! Fortunately, they were all too small for him.
The next day, we went to the Pier 2 outdoor art gallery. As we were leaving the MRT station, we started seeing people dressed oddly and with weird looking hair, and thought, “hmm, that’s odd.” As we got closer, we started seeing more and more of these odd looking people, then it hit us, we had walked right into the middle of an Anime Festival! There were people EVERYWHERE dressed up as Japanese comic characters complete with blue hair, huge swords, and crazy outfits. We spent the afternoon walking around and trying not to gawk too much at the costumed people. It was…interesting.
The last big hooray of our trip was spending Sunday at Eda Amusement Park. Amusement parks in Taiwan are very small, so there were only about 5 big rides, but the lines were short, and the rides were fun, so we’re not complaining. It was comical to watch a group of teenage boys in line in front of us (all with the same haircut mind you) feel each other’s racing hearts right before boarding one of the roller coasters.
We had lots of fun and managed to squeeze in the second Taiwanese county to fulfill our New Year’s resolution we made in January!!!