As you all probably know, my good friends and sometime traveling companions Stephanie and Colleen have both move to Taiwan this year to teach English with another program. Their schools are located in Taoyuan (just to the west of Taipei). I've gotten to hang out with Stephanie a few times since I've arrived but I hadn't seen Colleen yet. So, since Taoyuan is just a hop, skip, and a jump away (or a subway ride, failed bus ride, and a taxi cab away) from Taipei, I decided to crash at their apartment for the remainder of the long weekend.
After a quick, Taiwanese style breakfast:
When we finally got there, we hiked down to the Yingge Ceramics Museum. It was a pretty exciting place because, not only did it have some beautiful art (and, okay, a whole display about toilets and other "functional" ceramics) but it was also free! Here are a few of the highlights:
|Colleen celebrating the year of the rabbit|
|An elephant and some bats. That's just how he rolls.|
|Stephanie with a piece from the "Franz collection" (I kid you not, |
that's what it was called)
|Part of their exhibit about functional ceramics. Notice both are shaped|
life frogs' heads.
|Ceramic baozi! Awesome :)|
|Making the avocado milk. As you can see, there is literally |
a whole avocado in it. Sounds weird, tastes amazing.
|Avocado and papaya! So good!|
|Dancing Viking Santa outside of a cow horn croissant place.|
|A phoenix pillar at Zushi Temple|
|The shops on old street|
|My personal favorite sight of the day: a guy riding his bike|
with his cat standing on the back. Also, the cat was in a top hat.
Honestly, I can't even make this stuff up.
|A perfect ending to the day!|