Seth's parents, Rhonda and Gordy recently visited Taiwan. They arrived in Taipei on the 13th of February and stayed just short of two weeks. I have to apologize since that is the reason I have not updated my blog.
They were in Taipei the first few days where we were able to show them around. I took them to Shilin one of the most popular night markets while Seth was at work. The next afternoon we ate at Din Tai Fung, one of the best places to eat soup-dumpling. We all went to the top of Taipei 101 too. They especially enjoyed the time they got spend with Seth.
But we all must venture out alone at some point. One afternoon they happened to get lost, well sort of. In the midst of trying to get from a Carrefour (to get for bedding for Seth) to a CostCo they got lost. They hopped in a cab and pointed to the CostCo, but the driver told them to get out. Turns out they were on the other side of the city! As a safety precaution it is always helpful to have a business card of the place you are staying at or somewhere close to it. They got into a cab and went to their hotel after that adventure. We were so proud of them for that because Seth and I did that in Japan a few years ago. It might have been a waste of a day but it sure is a good story to tell those back home.
Seth took off a couple days to travel around the country with them. On Thursday early in the morning we took a train to Hualien. Hualien is on the east coast. It is the closest city to Taroko Gorge National Park. This gorge is on par with the Grand Canyon. But this one is made entirely of eroded marble. There were stacks lining the city streets and plenty of sidewalks made of marble. It is incredible. Rock falls are a constant danger which is why we are seen wearing helmets in some of these pictures.
Next up: #2 Kenting (4 cities in 4 days)