Today I discovered the female urinal. I think I could have gone my entire life without having that experience.
I also experienced my first meal where I found nothing to be edible. I knew this was bound to happen, given my rap sheet. And, I promised myself I’d be open to the food options, no matter what they were. But today’s options caused me to renege on that promise. I had rice and green tea for lunch as a result.
Outside of those things, our trip to Taroko Gorge was incredible. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been. Completely worth the 3 hour train ride, female urinals & bone-in pork bits.
We were picked up at 5:30am this morning and whisked away to the train station by a man who told us our guide would be waiting for us in Hualien. “Her name Josephine,” he said. “She look like lion & talk like turkey.”
He wasn’t too far off. Josephine led our group like a champ, alternating between English and Mandarin, and guiding us through Taroko Gorge with ease. Whenever a good photo opportunity presented itself, she’d tell the driver to pull the van over and began yelling, “Picture time! Picture time!” to indicate we should get off, cameras in hand.
She even detoured to show us where the locals go to swim, and to allow us to take rainy, windy pics of the coastline.
At the end of the day, she led us back to the train station, handed us our train tickets, and proudly exclaimed, “I exchange your ticket for a much faster train. It coming soon. It big and white, like a sinking ship.”
I’m not sure what she meant to equate it to, but we all stared in horror as she disappeared into the crowd and left us waiting for our “sinking ship” to arrive.
Such a fun and exhausting day. I’m off to find boneless meat and some wine…