Today I managed to get my lazy buttock out of bed and into the streets.
Since I was still feeling tired, I figured I’d just hang around close by, places I could walk to instead of taking the subway for 1 hour.
So, I went to Lungshan temple.
It was 2PM (but a Saturday), so there were many people there to pray and wish for whatever; their family’s health, a baby, a boyfriend, grades, I don’t know.
Since I do not believe in their religion I did not wish for anything of my own at the temple, so I took pictures, some videos, and watched as people lit incense on fire, put their hands together to pray, bowed to statues, dropped stones, and had their fortunes read.
Of course, I was careful not to distract or get in the way of anyone.
Then I headed towards the National Taiwan Museum.
The outside of the museum looks very Greek.
It seems that I came at a bad time though, because a few of the exhibitions were closed for maintenance. I did get to see the history of the bicycle though.
They gave me a discount on the entrance fee because I’m a student (yay.)
After I left the museum I decided to go get an early dinner, because my plan was to go to Din Tai Fung. It was only about 4:30 PM, but I wanted to beat the rushhour and avoid being crushed by tons of people and wait for 2 hours, so I went early anyway. I didn’t have breakfast or lunch (on account of waking up late), so it wasn’t too bad.
The lady at the counter who gave me my waitlist + menu checklist gave me the Korean waitlist after one look at me, for which I was grateful because she is actually the first Taiwanese person to not speak in Chinese to me first.
(I began to question my Korean-ness ever since I came here).
Anyways I ordered the….vegetable…mix? I dunno the menu was in Korean too, and all it said was Taiwanese-style 잡채 and 잡채 is something like mixed vegetables with glass noodles or something.
I also ordered 오육면 (Beek noodle soup) and Xiaolongbao, which is the famous Taiwanese dumpling with soup inside.
EXCELLENT XIAOLONGBAO I LOVED IT.
Then my friend tagged me in something on Facebook so I went to check it, and it was a post telling me that the annual lantern festival was going to be from February 4th (today) to February 11th, and that I should go see it.
I thought, why not?
So I waded through this army of people
to get to one of the stations where the lanterns are.
(The Lucky Tiger because apparently Tiger sounds like the word ‘lucky’ in Chinese)
Its the year of the cock (chicken) this year, so the lantern festival is chicken/egg themed.
I actually realised (after 2 hours of wading) that today was only the opening ceremony and the lights come on beginning tomorrow = =
So, significantly tired, I decided to just go home for that day, because my body hurt and I had laundry to do.
There is a spectacular lantern festival in Korea that opens once a year too, so I think I’ll skip out on the one in Taiwan.
Tomorrow I might go to the cat village 😀