21 January 2017 Saturday Taipei,Taiwan to Ashland, Oregon

21 January 2017  Saturday Goodbye to Asia and Banyan trees with their sprawling roots. and packed my Wax Apples for the airplane ride. Too bad we cannot find Wax Apples in the States. Taipei Airport is very new and very nice, the New Year decorative display had one of...

20 January Friday SunYatSen Memorial & Taipei 101, Taiwan

20 January 2017  Friday  Taipei 101         Loretta and Harold have been giving me a crash course in Chinese language, culture, and history. I was taken to the Sun Yat Sen memorial, an enormous and imposing building (with a row of magenta flowers...

19 January 2017 Thursday Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

19 January 2017  Thursday   Palace Museum Taipei , Taiwan  Today, we took the obligatory sightseeing trip to the Palace Museum. We set out on foot on the main north-south artery of Taipei, Zhongshan Road, the street on which Chiang Kai -Shek (蔣中正, 蔣介石) lived and the...

18 January 2017 Wednesday Taipei, Taiwan

18 January 2017  Wednesday Taipei, Taiwan Today, on the way to the street market, we passed a restaurant with a Polynesian-Aboriginal theme. So busy looking at the curious carved wooden statues, we forgot to check the menu. We also passed the house in which Loretta...

17 January 2017 Tuesday  Grand Canal Museum

17 January 2017  Tuesday   Up at six, showered, packed, breakfasted (oh yes), ordered the taxi, and ready to meet Guang at the Grand Canal Museum. Not. An hour later, no taxi. Finally, my taxi arrives to take me to the museum, just as Guang’s taxi arrives to bring ...