|Commemorative arch set up for the occasion on a street shut down for the occasion|
|My lovely roomie and I on the red carpet|
|"I'm President Ma and I approve these dumplings." I didn't actually get to meet|
him but I did get a chance to stand a few feet away and take his picture!
|Making custard cakes|
|Yum! We approve.|
|Giant flowering Taiwan! Let's hear it for agriculture, everyone.|
They even hired some artists to make little clay figurines for guests. Apparently making clay miniatures on a stick is a type of traditional handicraft here in Taiwan. Back in the day, they used to be made of edible materials but now they're just for show (and therefore full of toxic chemicals that make the clay easier to mold). Either way, my parrot was way too cute to eat.
|The artist and my fun new souvenir. Getting him home in one piece|
was a definite challenge but he's very happy at home on my desk now.