A Travellerspoint blog

March 2012

Gooood Morning Viiieeettnnnaammm!

Ho Chi Minh City, the land of a thousand motorbikes!......every square metre...

Well the taxi ride to the hostel was a good start to the learning curve which is south east Asian traffic. On numerous occasions I turned thinking to see a mess of bikes from the taxi just going where he pleased. He beeped his horn of course warning that he would be coming, you see the horn is a second language here! I managed to get a picture from the car as we crossed a major roundabout, a picture is worth a thousand words...large_Ho_chi_min..y_1_023.jpg

So I'm dropped off on the side of the street to a kid and told to go with him, he casually strolls across the torrent of motorbikes. Not wanting to lose him I follow jumping this way and that causeing more havoc than I wish to avoid. Once across he enters a small alleyway and that voice chirps in for a quick "You have no idea who this kid is". As quick as it comes it goes away, the alleys are not barren but bustling with shops and homes with kids playing hopscotch. People laze about in doorways watching as you pass, scooters beep you from behind weaving between people. I try to take it all in going ever deeper, finally reaching the hostel I check in and start the five floor climb with my backpack :( Everything checks out with the dorm plus a balcony overlooking the alley is a bonus. Ho_chi_min..y_1_055.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_051.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_052.jpg The view. Ho_chi_min..y_1_046.jpg

Soon introductions are made and we are all out drinking that night.

Where I stayed was district 1, which is the tourist district. I had not seen so many tourists for a long time and had a kind of culture shock on that aspect which was strange. The district is full of bars, hostels and hawkers trying to sell you there wares. To give you an idea of what was on offer you had smokes (50c a pack! Even people that don't smoke are smoking), sunglasses of all brands (Same same but different!), a little marijuana and an assortment of random crap. Here is a picture of one, the stall behind was my local mango smoothie maker...that was untill I saw that the lady right behind her sold the same thing cheaper...I'm talking about 2 steps to the right saves me a quarter of the price....anyhow here is it is..Ho_chi_min..y_1_347.jpg and to show you how close the cheaper place is, it's that sign to the right Ho_chi_min..y_1_061.jpg

I got given a small map to use and all the local sights pointed out, the places all seemed fairly close so I thought I'd do a circuit. The circuit involved the war muesum, reunification building, Tham Market and Notre Dame!(Bet you did'nt see that one coming). First I went to see the war muesum thinking that it would be quite interesting/educational, that I should learn a bit about the places I'm going to see.
Expecting the politics of the Vietnam war and timelines and such I was taken a bit off guard by what we got. You see the original name of the muesum I found out was the "war crimes muesum". Basically once you enter you get barraged with horrible stories of torture, massacres and really REALLY disturbing photo's. Here are some photo's of the torture stuff, I must say I was quite suprised by what Americans did to the North Vietnamese...these photo's really do not show half of what was done, truly horrible stuff. Ho_chi_min..y_1_110.jpglarge_Ho_chi_min..y_1_111.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_108.jpg
This picture just looked good because, well because..Ho_chi_min..y_1_115.jpg
After going through the torture area you head into the everybody protested against the war level showing old propaganda posters from nations such as Russia supporting the North Vietnamese, here are a couple of pictures. Oh, there was also a band playing that seemed like they were unfortunately deformed by what I presume to be agent orange, I could not help but donate and to be honest were not to bad. Ho_chi_min..y_1_121.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_119.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_120.jpg They were perhaps my favorite part. So anyhow the next floor was the warcrimes part I think, it depicted events when U.S. troops massacred villages and such. The finger firmly pointed at John Kerry a senator in the U.S. who was in charge of troops that did horrible things, he ended up publicly admitting to his crimes.
The next floor was about agent orange and the generations it has affected. Shocking pictures of deformed people was the majority of it, though I was a bit disturbed by the liquid preserved fetuses deformed in birth. So that was it for me! I was dragging my heels by that stage, certain I could not take the next two floors, I left.

Next was the reunification palace. This is where the war ended by a north Vietnamese tank breaking through the gates of the palace, I can't help but feel it ended like a computer game (command and conquer perhaps) where if get into the main base of the enemy you win. I was with some other people from the hostel coming here with me. I had high hopes for this place, thinking that it being a place of command there would be alot of interesting facts on the descision making in times of crisis such as the war buuutt no : / There was on the otherhand alot of rooms but I had no idea what they were for as there was no information signs. Here are some pictures of rooms...actually...check them out in the gallery if your keen. I'll not put them in just for the sake of it, but here is some outside pics Ho_chi_min..y_1_160.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_168.jpg (Oh by the way there is my travel bud at the moment, she's just in frame on the left, Mallory from Canada). For those that may go, take a free guide to walk you around which I heard makes it alot better. Once again I left after two levels but I thought that was all there was and waited for the others I had traveled here with, I waited for 40 minutes or so and still they did not come out so I assumed they had ditched me (Later I was to find out that it was me that ditched them, oops!) and moved on heading down the riverside to check out the rest of the city.

On the way, I go to the Notre Dame knock off and see what I'm missing in europe.. Ho_chi_min..y_1_138.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_126.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_125.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_129.jpg I'm not that impressed. The post office is opposite which is known for it's european architecture also..Ho_chi_min..y_1_238.jpg I go in to try and get some information on sending a package, this is how the conversation goes.

Me - Hi, I was wondering if you might have a slip/form to fill out to mail a package?"
Information Lady - *Blank stare*
Me - "Is this a real post office?"
Information Lady - "Yes"
Me - "Can I have a slip to fill for a package?"
Information Lady - "No"
Me - "So you don't send mail here?"
Information Lady - *Blank stare* "No"

This kind of service I must say is quite a common occurance in Vietnam. I don't think they have yet perfected the customer service experience, most of the time you feel like your putting them out in some way and they don't hide it.

Moving on I head to the riverside passing through the Tham Market (pretty sure that's right)..Ho_chi_min..y_1_145.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_148.jpg
Along the river I find people netting fish that stay in the shade of the water lillies that crowd the rivers edge. Ho_chi_min..y_1_241.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_250.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_265.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_245.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_258.jpg
Travelling around I take random pictures but it may give you a feel for the place Ho_chi_min..y_1_282.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_324.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_355.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_325.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_326.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_327.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_341.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_345.jpg
It's quite normal to see a chicken clucking about, even in the city Ho_chi_min..y_1_321.jpg and people napping (can you spot him?)Ho_chi_min..y_1_319.jpg or a relaxing dog Ho_chi_min..y_1_354.jpg or a penguin bin...don't ask me..Ho_chi_min..y_1_264.jpg

Oh, this is the alleyway for my hostel Ho_chi_min..y_1_361.jpg
Amongst all this there is an awesome building that looms above with a crazy looking helipad Ho_chi_min..y_1_272.jpgHo_chi_min..y_1_278.jpg

Ok, So there is more to tell but I'm gonna break it up a bit. The Mekong Delta and war tunnels to come, then to Mui Ne and Nha Trang. Currently I am in Han Noi deciding on whether I should get some pimped out silk robes made...I'm thinking red and black with gold dragons! Bringing sexy back! haha

S.

Posted by CrackerjackHobo 07:36 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam saigon vietnamese chi ho minh ho_chi_minh Comments (0)

Taiwan, you may of heard of it?

Cool cities, green mountains and I get to wear shorts!!!

22 °C

Love seems to be a common theme here in Taipei and well with romantic views like this even I'm feeling the love... large_Tamsui_192.jpgTamsui_138.jpg

It seems that Taiwan was all I heard about when speaking with other travellers. Initially not on the radar as I was heading to Nepal, the heat and casual lifestyle was to much to resist!

The country was not what I expected, then again nowhere ever is. Taipei was my first stop, catching the bus from the airport and then on the train to find my hostel. Everything goes smoothly, but I get lost from my station to the hostel...this seems to be a re occuring event and my backpack even though I am continually getting rid of things is not getting lighter (I don't understand!!!). Eventually I see a backpacker and take a punt they are heading to the same hostel, she is and she has a map! The hostel is good, converted offices by the looks of it. Nothing matters to me except putting on shorts! (I'm excited!). Tamsui_001.jpg

I'm still sick from the fever but meet a traveller that has some fever pills which has ingredients printed on the packaging, mostly paracetemol so I gladly accepted. It is amazing what drugs can do, it broke the fever. Along with the hot weather I guess my body can better regulate. Anyhow...Taipei reminds me a bit of Seoul, it's easy transport and has a western feel (as much as you can get in asia). Everyone not Taiwanese seems to be teaching or trying to teach english and there is alot of english speaking Taiwanese, in fact it's been the best country for english so far.
The hostel is right next to the night market, a local (Hi Taylor!) from the hostel takes me to try chicken pie Taiwan style. Taipei_nig..t_1_002.jpgTaipei_nig..t_1_004.jpgTaipei_nig..t_1_010.jpg It does'nt even get started till about 9pm...

So Taipei is known for having what is now the second tallest building in the world (Dubai is now 1st). It's strange when you see the cityscape from a distance and there is this HUGE building amongst the rest. Strangely Kaohsiung was the same with one behemoth of a building. Here is a pic of Taipei's, it is supposed to resemble a sword I believe...Random_taipei_008.jpg

So I was pretty slack in the photo dept for Taipei....I was sick..gimme a break and well it's beer drinking weather! But, in the end I dragged myself out to have a look at Tamsui (Highly recommend if in Taipei). It's the port area for Taipei, which had a good atmosphere with boardwalk style food shops and such (the first photo's were taken there). It's also famous for it's lovers bridge Tamsui_139.jpg and sunsets ]large_Tamsui_163.jpgTamsui_200.jpgTamsui_175.jpg To get there we had to do a bit of a walk thru markets and shops stuff here is some Here's some pics.. Tamsui_102.jpgTamsui_107.jpg Look at the feet on this guy, he's give Ronald McDonald a go for his money.. Tamsui_108.jpg I have just realised I did'nt really take to many pics of the consulate building..thats boring anyhow, I'll give you some pics of Tamsui markets and streets walking to the port..Tamsui_010.jpgTamsui_021.jpgTamsui_035.jpgTamsui_054.jpgTamsui_024.jpgTamsui_058.jpgTamsui_067.jpgTamsui_073.jpgTamsui_075.jpgTamsui_074.jpgTamsui_132.jpgTamsui_209.jpgTamsui_221.jpglarge_Tamsui_238.jpgTamsui_248.jpg on the way back we found a night market for clothes, I needed some new shirts Tamsui_290.jpgTamsui_275.jpg scooters line up for petrol Tamsui_288.jpg

After more bumming around I decided that I should really move on and explore the country a bit so off to Kaohsiung I go all the way south. It takes 5 hours and costs $15 on the bus AND I get to watch a movie! I arrive at the hostel which is unmanned, I proceed in and see A guy on a laptop "Hi, I booked a room"..the reply "Oh, I'm staying here too, Umm I think Jim is still sleeping hungover"...Hmm this is going to be interesting. so I decide to head out let him get up (Btw it's like 12 noon) while I do some exploring. I head to the water. I see tour buses going up and down a stretch so I head that way and find a temple of such along with an English consulate building I think. Yes more pic's haha (I should warn you that this post will be picture intensive, even more than usual so maybe go and grab a drink, some dip and crackers), I'm going to start off with Kaohsiung's behemoth of a building in the cityscape... large_Kaohsiung_1_107.jpgKaohsiung_1_041.jpgKaohsiung_1_074.jpgKaohsiung_1_095.jpgKaohsiung_1_054.jpgKaohsiung_1_010.jpg On the way I got to see some boats at port, this was my favorite. You see Ive been thinking of my next trip and I think that I will sail in an island littered area, going from one tropical paradise to the next..ahh..now the boat Kaohsiung_1_024.jpg
From here I stay two nights, first night I get blind drunk having gone to see a band and came back to tequila shots and sugar cane. I wake up the next morning in a dorm...but it's not my hostel and I can't remmeber a thing in how I got there...oops. Anyhow I head into a more central Kaohsiung hostel which is really good (Cozy planet hostel if you go, it's great). One time the next night I hear outside a tune being played quite loudly, it being very hot I immediately go to the window trying to spot the ice cream van, after asking the owner he explains that it is in fact the rubbish men. You see once a day the rubbish trucks come thru and collect all the rubbish, when people here the music they come a running and dispose of the trash.

Oh, I need to back track a bit, before I left the other place I headed out to see monkey's again! Now if you have read earlier blogs my luck with the monkeys has not been so great. I asked the hostel owner where they were, he said they were very close giving basic directions of go here and read a street map so I felt confident that I could not fuck this up. So I head off with another traveller who I had warned of my previous attempts to see mmonkeys. So the directions are straight forward go to the tunnel and read the map and go up the hill (visible from the hostel) and you can't miss them.....I drag this girl along a mountain side for hours, slowly getting more and more jungle like with thin animal paths finally reaching a road we needed to improvise to get too. So you can probably guess that I fucked up the unfuckable. Once on the road we find out that it was the other side of the mountain that we walked past right at the start you needed to go to, now you probably know that my monkey endevours usually actually end up with a monkey encounter but it's more like a slap in the face for the huge gangs of monkeys I want to see...this time was no different as on our dreary walk back I did come across a small family of them but I was not satisfied. well anyhow the trek was interesting of sorts here is some pics Kaohsiung_2_015.jpgKaohsiung_2_016.jpgKaohsiung_2_021.jpg Stray dogs, there are many Kaohsiung_2_027.jpg We come across some deserted buildings in the middle of knowwhere Kaohsiung_2_031.jpgKaohsiung_2_037.jpg and the monkeys one gives me some bad looks when I make monkey sounds Kaohsiung_2_050.jpgKaohsiung_2_051.jpgKaohsiung_2_049.jpgKaohsiung_2_055.jpgKaohsiung_2_060.jpg There was this small one hanging out in a great possy watching the ocean, best seat in the house Kaohsiung_2_066.jpg

The Taiwan crossing man is the COOLEST crossing man ever! He does'nt walk...he struts! Kaohsiung_2_082.jpg it is so freaking funny! Kaohsiung_2_071.jpgKaohsiung_2_077.jpg

Ok, so next country is Vietnam. It's going to take a few days to get my visa so I decide to head to the east coast where it's a bit more rural and untamed with a famous natural attraction Taroko Gorge...so why not. Off to Hualein I go, after 6 hours on the train this is what I see when I get off Taroko_Gorge_023.jpg Thats the train station there, the clouds are hanging at the peaks of the mountain range and I'm feeling like I'm truly in a tropical wonderland. So i proceed to get lost in the city but eventually finding the hostel I'm glad I went with the previous hostel's recommendation, the hostel feels...beachy (If you go, it's called munkeysurfers hostel, something like that) here is a pic Hualien__Taiwan_018.jpg. I'm going to save you the pics of the city but you can see them in the gallery if you really want too.

I organise to go see Taroko Gorge, well I get told to go here and by a ticket for the bus. Because I was slack and slept in the first day I'm on a tight schedule for the trip (missing the first bus did'nt help any) finally get the bus and head there. I get dropped of at the famous 9 turns part of the gorge area to find it's closed... good start. I'm also just dropped of on a small windy road by myself, I start to wonder if my idea of walking the road myself instead of a tour was the right one. It works out to be fine and I make my way down the road taking pictures all over...the gorge is famous for being pure marble that has been eroded away as you may see with the pictures...I decided to take some marble rocks from the gorge as souviners... it seems me taking some of the great wall of china has started something (give me a 10 day visa *Bird*). Here are the gorge pics Taroko_Gorge_044.jpgTaroko_Gorge_047.jpgTaroko_Gorge_074.jpgTaroko_Gorge_084.jpgTaroko_Gorge_101.jpgTaroko_Gorge_105.jpgTaroko_Gorge_110.jpgTaroko_Gorge_131.jpgTaroko_Gorge_136.jpgTaroko_Gorge_164.jpg They had these hilarious signs all around..I giggled..then.. looked up and hurried..large_Taroko_Gorge_193.jpgTaroko_Gorge_234.jpg

Well you made it!

I'm going to try be a little more frequent as these blogs are getting way to long and I do forget some of the cool little things as time goes on. I am currently in Ho chi minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Blog comming soon! :p

I hav'nt figured out how to reply to comments, I do read them and appreciate them...just so you know your loved..naww :)

S.

Posted by CrackerjackHobo 06:00 Archived in Taiwan Tagged monkey gorge taipei taiwan kaohsiung taroko hualien taroko_gorge Comments (1)

Ten Days in China

The Great wall, Forbidden City,Tiananmen Square and Terracotta Warriors

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Beijing! Finally I can wear my bright red jacket and meld into tour groups all strangely wearing them...hmmm...anyhow! Finally after all the ordeals I land on Chinese soil.
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Straight away I realised that communication is going to be a hassle. I fail to be able to say even the easiest things. The same word could mean 5 different things or more based on the tone you use! (My tones are as bad as my signature, never the same twice). The directions and what bus to catch are quite good for the hostel so I make there easy enough. They have a bar inside with a kitchen to order food. The room is not bad, plain and clean but with a damp smell from the bathroom. The shower is just on the wall and runs onto the floor so thankfully there is a high bar to hang you clothes to change with, it has it's own boiler so I'm hopeful the hot water will be good too. My room mate is Juan Claude Van Damme, well looks like him and I find out later he is from Belgium, makes sense with JCVD from there also. It's to late to do much of anything so I chill out with a beer and finish off some blogging.
I wake up lateish, as It's not going to be that big of a day and having everything I want to see within walking distance of the hostel is a plus.
The first thing on the agenda is the Forbidden City. I head down, it's only a short walk. On the way I come across my first tour group all in bright red jackets, I felt like this could be the place to rip out the "Bright red Jacket". Anyhow I was walking to the city and I get stopped by these young girls, they talk some idle country and weather chitchat then ask if I wanted to go and get a coffee and practice english. you know, get a real feel for the chinese culture. So I politely decline alarm bells had rung early on and was just waiting for the pitch. So the ruse is that they take you to a pre determined coffee shop where you have coffee, the thing is that they just get it ordered or brought to the table. you drink it and thank them then go to leave but no, your blocked by goons and you need to pay for the "special" coffee you just enjoyed and by "special" i mean "Fucking Expensive". The other one is a young student asking you to come and just see his schools art exhibition, feeling sorry for him you agree then find after trying to leave that there was a "viewing" fee :).
So as I get to the Forbidden City main gate now with shield up on yellow alert I take in the majesty of the building...Forbidden_..men_014.jpg Yet the moment was kind of disturbed by a little kid urinateing on the bins in the picture there but...T.I.C! So I continued on, dodging the hawkers I got my ticket and went inside. Here are some pictures...large_Forbidden_..men_024.jpg Forbidden_..men_013.jpgForbidden_..men_021.jpgForbidden_..men_026.jpg I try for a picture from a passerby, I hate having them take pictures for this very reason..did I say "ok I want my head right in the middle of the backdrop I'm trying to capture!". Forbidden_..men_031.jpgForbidden_..men_028.jpgForbidden_..men_057.jpgForbidden_..men_069.jpgForbidden_..men_154.jpgForbidden_..men_142.jpgForbidden_..men_207.jpg Forbidden_..men_220.jpgForbidden_..men_217.jpg There is more but I just upload them, so feel free to browse (I usually upload more than I put on the blog).

Off to Tianamen Square next which is close by there is a heavier military presence here with lots of groups of soldiers marching here or there. To get into the square you must go through security checks such as this Forbidden_..men_278.jpg Actually you have to go through checks like this for the train etc also...there seems to be cheacks everywhere. Usually I get in the militaries face and shoot pictures, hell I felt I could of taken pictures of the North Koreans at the DMZ easier but the Chinese guards did not seem happy..prime example (notice my lines are off because im rushing before I get shot haha) Forbidden_..men_244.jpg After walking around for a while declining coffee dates and art exhibits I saw a crowd forming and thought there must be something going on Forbidden_..men_254.jpg So i waited, and waited....waited some more. Bored I headed off to explore the rest, here are some pics large_Forbidden_..men_263.jpgForbidden_..men_259.jpgForbidden_..men_248.jpgForbidden_..men_279.jpg So I want to go back to the hostel but when I don't want to see the event people have been waiting for it's gonna happen and it blocks me getting back as all crossings are blocked during the change of the flag in the square, my over crowd picture Forbidden_..men_293.jpg

Next is the GREAT WALL OF CHINA, Yeah! *Que guitar solo* large_Great_Wall__China_242.jpg
Anywhoo, I plan to travel there by public transport. I dont need no stinking tour, I'm a traveller not a holidayer! (sure it's a word).... I take the tour after seeing the directions though.... The tour is really just a drive you there drop you off take you home kind of a thing and you can do what you want inbetween. The wall is pretty impressive, it definately would of kept the rabbits out! Great_Wall__China_181.jpgGreat_Wall__China_169.jpgGreat_Wall__China_136.jpgGreat_Wall__China_078.jpgGreat_Wall__China_026.jpgGreat_Wall__China_023.jpgGreat_Wall__China_017.jpg As you go along there are stalls that sell you goods like snicker, water, beer. You have to say no about a thousand times. Learning what I think was "no, thank you" in Mandarin "Bu, xie xie" I persist on...they laugh at me...I don't think I'm saying it right. Great_Wall__China_147.jpg She's in waiting to ambush haha Along the way back down I find something that boggles me for a moment, like the old story of the scuba diver found at the top of a pine tree. This is what I saw.. large_Great_Wall__China_227.jpg Now it settles in that it was possible but poor donkey having to climb up, he seemed really happy about itGreat_Wall__China_223.jpg everyone started getting pictures with the donkey yet the stall owner that brought it up did'nt realise that his donkey was his best potential for revenue... I actually think I would of paid. I had one of the stall women actually nearly get me, well she kind of did. They have this ploy where they start off saying they will take your photo at the chinese flag they have on the wall exclaiming "Free, free, free" so your like ok, they just want to be good patriotic citizens. well I ended up with postcards somehow..ONLY because i was looking for some anyhow...so..if you get Great Wall postcard you know where it came from haha The Flag Great_Wall__China_096.jpg After enjoying the wall I get to do something I've been excited about before even leaving... Toboggan down the great wall! Great_Wall__China_245.jpg Patiently I waited for the people ahead of me to have a headstart so that I could go faster. I saw more people coming which I would have to wait for again so I decided that I had given them enough time. Down I head full throttle, it seems quite safe and it's really speeding up.....but it's not long till I catch up with the people in front of me where a mother is screaming with excitment travelling at maybe 10kmh...FUCKING KILLJOY! OMG im so frustrated moving then coming to corners and literally stopping as they break so hard they stop....I'm depressed speaking about it, so wall experience over.

As I head back to the hostel I'm starving and REALLY tired. I was late getting back to lunch which the guide said it would be ok to be late for and the people had all eaten everything.. anyhow I get back and I quickly deteriate into a delerious dehydrated dizzy madman. I order food as I know I need it and retreat to my room. I'm experiencing chills and crave heat, though I overheat and drench myself in sweat and as always when I get sick I get a whooping cough to top it off. Midway through the night having the room to myself a sliver of light blinds my sore eyes and in enters a new roommate. Mind you waking I felt a little more hungry so I climbed down and ate while telling him how sick i am and that I'm sorry about his sleepless night. I'm guessing the scene layed out in front of him was not a nice one as he moved to another room within 10 minutes haha.

So I went to Xi'an to see the Terracotta Warriors and took an over night train, I had two businessmen and a soldier as roommates. Was pretty good, recommend the "soft" bed style. So I get to Xi'an and first thing is to get Visas sorted so head off to get it extended, ends up that the PBS guy is suss on why I only have 10 days and will only give me 15 days to extend. I decide not to bother, I'm still sick and I lost my bankcard in Beijing and well... China has been a real hassle from the start. I get back to the hostel which i might add is an amazing hostel it's like I'm in a old english pub with pub meals back home. So for the rest of my days I am trying to recover and let my body fix whatever it is wrong as I still have the fever sweats going, could be menopause google tells me but i dunno. Anyhow, a fever aint gonna stop me seeing the Terracottaz so I head off. It's raining so im glad I get to use my raincoat finally. Anyhow here are the piiiicccsss.... large_Terracotta..ors_005.jpg It was like walking into a top secret warehouse under government control, lights beamed down through a misty haze. Terracotta..ors_013.jpgTerracotta..ors_025.jpgTerracotta..ors_041.jpgTerracotta..ors_059.jpg But I like the broken ones a little better for some reason, these headless guys had me chuckle a bit Terracotta..ors_032.jpgTerracotta..ors_040.jpgTerracotta..ors_034.jpgTerracotta..ors_031.jpgTerracotta..ors_027.jpgTerracotta Warriors 033

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Terracotta..ors_029.jpg See if you can spot me in this one... Terracotta..ors_069.jpg This is pretty much how I feel in any scenario with a mass of people when I wear my Bright Red Jacket! There are more pictures uploaded.

As Nepal was my flight I had booked hopeing to change dates I had to cancel it. I did not want to head to Nepal with a fever, gammy knee and well, it's cold! Sooo I opted to go somewhere I had no planned on but have heard a many great things on my travels, Taiwan. SO I'm now in Taipei, Taiwan and I must say that I'm liking the city. The air has humidity, the city reminds me of seoul a bit, it seems a bit more like the china I imagined and not the reality China. I have been able to shake my fever not having to warry about hot and warm temperatures so much. The hostel I'm at is a shock back to reality of the backpacker after being spoilt with my last one.
I know your probably tired by now lol but I thought I'd just throw in some snaps I've taken of Taipei (oh, my Camera has somehow fixed itself, It may of just been a power issue). If you did'nt know, Taipei has the second tallest skyscraper in the world! Random_taipei_008.jpgRandom_taipei_010.jpgRandom_taipei_019.jpgRandom_taipei_020.jpgRandom_taipei_022.jpg

There is a really cool night market close to where I'm staying that has awesome food, this is where I got dinner last nightTaipei_nig..t_1_002.jpgTaipei_nig..t_1_004.jpg

Well anyhow, that's whats going on with me ;p I hope all is well with you :)

Steve.

Posted by CrackerjackHobo 20:04 Archived in China Comments (1)

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