Hello from Hualien! We have been here the past days enjoying the Taiwanese nature. We arrived here on Friday by train around 10:30 and checked in to Amigos, a very nice and cozy hostel. We got a lot of help right away from a older gentleman from New Zealand and planned our weekend. So we started with renting bikes and had a ride along the beautiful costline. Though the cyckle way made sometimes quite funny turns into a industrial area and a dumpyard...but it just made the rout more interesting. We were also followd by stray dogs...but they where not agressive. The Beach was beautiful, but a darkening sky made us turn back. On the way back we took a peak into the Stone sculpture museum and saw a lot of statues of marble...everything here is from marble, it was explaind to us the next day when we visited a marble factory. After buffet dinner we got early to sleep. We had woken up for a early train and the next morning we were booked for a tour to Taroko Gorge that started 7:30.
Right in the begiing of the tour I was reminded that we were again tourists in Asia. We tought we had a tour to Taroko for hiking, but we also got the extra stuf....visit to marble factory, gem stones and lunch. Yea...I should have known better, but when I was able to change my expectations I had fun again. that was around the time we arrived to Taroko Gorge.
It was an amazin place. In the national park there i over 100 3000m peaks. And it was good thet we were on a tour coz we were able to stop on all the good spots and get all the nices photos. There was some walks we could do some shorter walks and we got to know the other tourists. A couple from canada and their adult son. The couple was traveling around the world and the boy was visiting his parents and checking up on them. It was very nice to here their experiences. Then we meet Norman from Singapor who later in the night took us for the best dinner here in Taiwan. It was a hot pot dinner with a all you can eat buffe...soooo much food and so delicious!
Anyway the Taroko Gorge national park was a highlite. It is beautiful and we decided to return the next day for some hikes. Hopefully I get som photos up soon because they show at least a bit what I am talking about.
In the evening after the dinner with Norman we took a walk to the Night Market and on the way bak I spoke out a wish to experience a earth quace...just a mild one were no one gets hurt. And you cn guess I felt wierd when I woke up the next night in a shaking bed. FirｓＩ ｔｏｕｇｈｔ ｉｔ ｗａｓ ｊｕｓｔ Ｅｌｉｎａ Ｔｕｒｎｉｎｇ ａｒｏｕｎｄ ｉｎ ｈｅｒ ｂｅｄ， ｂｕｔ ｓｏｏｎ Ｉ ｒｅａｌｉｚｅｄ ｗｈａｔ ｗａｓ ｇｏｉｎｇ ｏｎ． Ｉ ｗａｓ ｓｔｉｌｌ ｓｏ ｉｎ ｓｌｅｅｐ Ｉ ｄｉｄｎ＇ｔｇｅｔ ａｆｒａｉｄ ａｔ ａｌｌ． Ｉ ｔｒｙ ｔｏ ｔａｌｋ ｔｏ Ｅｌｉｎａ， ｂｕｔ ｗｈｅｎ Ｉ ｄｉｄｎ＇ｔｇｅｔ ａｎｙ ｒｅｓｐｎｓ， Ｉ ｔｏｕｇｈｔ ｓｈｅ ｗａｓ ａ ｓｌｅｅｐ． Ｉｎ ｔｈｅ ｍｏｒｎｉｎｇ ｔｈｅ ｗｈｏｌｅ ｔｈｉｎｇ ｓｅａｍｅｄ ｕｎｒｅａｌ ａｎｄ ｗｈｅｎ Ｅｌｉｎａ ｄｉｄｎ＇ｔｃｏｎｆｉｒｍ ｍｙ ｔｏｕｇｈｔｓ ａｂｏｕｔ ｔｈｅ ｅａｒｔｈ ｑｕａｃｅ Ｉ ｇａｖｅ ｕｐ ａｎｄ ｔｏｕｇｈｔ ｉｔ ｗａｓ ａ ｄｒｅａｍ．．． ｂｕｔ Ｉ ｗａｓ ｒｉｇｈｔ！！！ Ｌａｔｅｒ ｗｅ ｇｏｔ ｔｏ ｋｎｏｗ ｉｔ ｗａｓ ｒｅａｌｌｙ ａ ５，６ ｅａｒｔｈ ｑｕａｃｅ．．．ｈｏｗ ｃｏｏｌ ｉｓ ｔｈａｔ！
Ｔｏｄａｙ ｉｔ ｗａｓ Ｅｌｉｎａｓ ｔｕｒｎ ｔｏ ｆａｃｅ ｏｕｒ ｆｅａｒｓ． Ｗｅ ｇｏｔ ｌｏｓｔ ｏｎ ａ Ｔｒａｉｌ ｉｎ Ｔａｒｏｋｏ ａｎｄ ｇｏｔ ｏｎ ａ ｗｒｏｎｇ ｏｎｅ ｔｈａｔ ｔｏｏｋ ｕｓ ｔｏ ａ １０００ｍ ｐｅａｋ． Ｅｌｉｎａ ｉｓ ｓｕｐｅｒ ａｆｒａｉｄ ｏｆ ｈｉｇｈｔｓ， ｂｕｔ Ｉ ａｍ ｒｅａｌｌｙ ｐｒｏｕｄ ｓｈｅ ｍａｄｅ ｉｔ． Ａｎｄ ｕｐ ｔｈｅｒｅ ａｔ Ｈｕｏｒａｎ Ｐａｖｉｌｉｏｎ （ａｂｉｔ ｆｕｎｎｙ ｎａｍｅ ｆｏｒ ｔｈｅ ｆｉｎｎｓ， ｈｕｏｒａ ｍｅａｎｓ ｐｒｏｓｔｉｔｕｔｅ）ｗｅ ｍｅｅｔ ａ ｍａｒｖｅｌｏｕｓ ｖｉｅｗ． Ｗｈｅｎ ｗｅ ｇｏｔ ｄｏｗｎ ｗｅ ｇｏｔ ｈｅｌｐ ｆｒｏｍ ｓｏｍｅ ｏｔｈｅｒ ｔｏｕｒｉｓｔ ｔｏ ｆｉｎｄ ｔｈｅ ａｃｔｕａｌｌ ｔｒａｉｌ ｔｏ ｓｏｍｅ ｗａｔｅｒｆａｌｌｓ ａｎｄ ｈａｄ ｔｉｍｅ ｔｏ ｍａｋｅ ｉｔ ｔｏｏ． Ｓｏ ｉｎ ｔｈｅ ｅｎ ｉｔ ｗａｓ ａ ｇｒｅａｔ ｄａｙ ａｎｄ ｗｅ ａｌｓｏ ｇｏｔ ｔｈｅ ｈｉｋｉｎｇ ｐａｒｔ ｏｆ Ｔａｒｏｋｏ．
Ｎｏｗ ｂａｃｋ ａｔ ｔｈｅ ｈｏｓｔｅｌ ｗｅ ａｒｅ ｗａｉｔｉｎｇ ｆｏｒ ｏｕｒ ｒｅｔｕｒｎ ｔｒａｉｎ ｔｏ Ｔａｉｐｅｉ ｗｅｒｅ ｗｅ ｗｉｌｌ ｂｅ ａｒｏｕｎｄ ｍｉｄｎｉｇｈｔ ａｎｄ ｔｈｅｒｅ ｗｅ ｓｔｉｌｌ ｈａｖｅ ａ ｌｏｔ ｔｏ ｄｏ ａｎｄ ｓｅｅ！ Ｓｏ ｂａｃｋ ｔｏ ｔｈｅ Ｃｉｔｙ！