Pete & Pam go Travelling
Right, part two of Taiwan. We found the tallest skyscraper in the whole world today - apparentaly. Its called Taipei 101, and it is big! It has 101 floors - hence the name. So we decided it would be rude not to go the observation tower. We paid about 4 pounds each to go up to the 89th & 91st floors to see what we could see. It was amazing! You get a 360 degree view of Taipei & even further on a clearer day. We went up before it rained and the pollution level was really high so there was so much smog you couldn't really see for miles, but you could see enough to make it worthwhile! The 91st floor was the outdoor observation tower. It was slightly cooler up there than it was on the ground, maybe a degree or two. It is so hot here - its been a minimum of 36 degrees since we got here, and the humidity is almost 90%! I mean sweat just pours out of every available pore your body has. Clothes stay dry for about a split second then you feel like you have been through a really smelly shower! I am really glad we are only here for 3 nights cause we would really be very smelly otherwise! We tried to find a beer after being up the skyscraper, but no one in Taiwan seems to drink? We eventually stumble across a bar-type place that sells wheat beer, buts cost nearly 3 pounds a pint! I thought only England cost that much! So we decide to head back to the hotel - go to the 7/11 store and bought some cans of beer there. Taiwan really has no concept of what beer should taste like! This was watery fizzy stuff that was called beer - New Zealand here we come!!! For dinner we were brave and bought a selection of meat kebabs from a street trader. We had what we think was chicken, pork & something else that tasted like chicken, but we weren't really sure, could have been anything - everything tastes like chicken, right! The second night we bought some Taiwan fried chicken & potatoes from a street trader. I must say it was the nicest chicken & chips (sweet potato chips) I have ever had! And sooo cheap! Pete and I have both got a bit sick - we think its from the pollution and we both have cold type illness. Although I must say I'm pleased we have avoided Avian Flu! Did I mention last time that there is no written English anywhere at all and that all shops look like a Chinese restaurant! Well, I just had to stress that point because it was very confusing! Off to NZ next, at least they speak English there!!!