|tanithryudo (tanithryudo) wrote,|
@ 2011-09-17 15:10:00
|Entry tags:||china, vacation|
China 2011: Day 0-1 Afternoon
We left home late Thursday night to catch a 1:00 AM flight. Took BART, and somewhere around the two transfers and whatnot, something ripped my jeans. While this isn't much of an issue on the plane since the whole trip is nighttime, it looked so bad when we arrived in Taipei that I had to change in the airport bathroom. Bleh.
The flight itself was ok. The plane had individual touchscreens at the back of every seat. So unlike the American plane I took last year (forget which airline specifically), there was no sharing screens and you could select whatever you want. The inflight movies available for selection were actually fairly new too. So I got to see X-Men First Class and Super 8 after all without having to pay theater tickets. (I'll review the movies separately.)
After watching the two movies I decided to get some sleep cuz we're supposed to be arriving in Taipei in the morning, meaning it'll be a while before I get to actually sleep. Unfortunately, it was kinda hard to sleep on the flight, and I kept dozing off for awhile and then jerking awake when we hit some patch of turbulence. I think in that respect, the airline I had last year was better. I remember my uncle saying that US airline's pilots are the best cuz their Air Force trained or something. Oh well, I guess the pros and cons all balance out.
We arrived at Taipei at something like 5:30-6ish, just around sunrise. The moment we stepped outside the airport, we were hit by a wave of suffocating humidity. Gah. So glad I did decide to bring along a pair of shorts after all rather than listen to my mom rave about how it'll get so cold. Also, on the bright side, at least it wasn't a wave of suffocating smog and humidity as it would've been on the mainland. In fact, driving to our hotels, I note that most of the buildings tend to be...well...cleaner than the buildings in China. I wonder how much of that is due to the lack of soot, smog, and acid rain? :-P
The tour we schduled with doesn't actually begin until Sunday, so we actually have the first day of arrival free to do whatever. After some thought, we went to the National Palace Museum. I was hoping to get some nice pics to match the stuff from last year. Unfortunately, the darn place does not allow photography at all and in fact made people check in any recording equipment at the door. What the hell? So yeah, I saw some nice pieces. Unfortunately, I doubt I'll remember any of it by the time we leave the island.
We ate lunch at a place next to the museum. The noodles were ok; the thin noodle soop with milkfish was actually good. Taiwanese traditional dim sum, on the other hand tastes...weird...yeah; let's just say it's an acquired taste.
Finally, we came back to the hotel because my feet was hurting and I was starting to fall asleep on my feet. I'll probably take a short nap (not too long that would make it hard to switch around my diurnal cycle) and then I think my mom is planning to get together with some of our distant relatives in Taipei tonight. More later...