Wait...this is a joke right? It's been a month already, really! That can't be possible...I feel like I just unpacked everything yesterday!
Well to celebrate, Ali and Nivu took me a plum wine distillery, the famous Sun Moon Lake, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, an old train station, and then a dinner party! I have 111 pictures from Wednesday to put on this blog entry....ready?
Plum Wine Distillery
one of their logo characters
this is a Bunun knife
this little piggy is relieving itself
Sun Moon Lake
We had so much fun here!
ahead is the most expensive hotel in Taiwan
engagement pictures being taken
Ali on the boardwalk
lots of jumping in the next few pictures!
Nivu and Ali
ow for some glamor shots of Ali
Taiwan's next top model?
Nivu and I goofing around
Longfeng Temple and the Matchmaker God Shrine
On the way to our destination Ali asked if I wanted to see a temple, and I said why not...I could take a few cool pictures there anyways. I was confused because there were a lot of young people walking around, and usually you see older people at temples praying. Then Ali told me people were here praying to the Matchmaker God in hopes of finding a good love match in the future.
the entrance from the back
young people burning money for the Matchmaker God
stone dragon sculpture
Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village
This place is like half outdoor museum and half amusement park....it covers the history of aboriginal groups all over the world. You will see that the day goes from sunny to pouring rain...
entering the garden first
they shot a Taiwanese drama here
pretending to be a sculpture
Ali running towards us while managing to look cute
paparazzi time begins...now
being cutesy with Ali
silly with Nivu
this rock was tipping over a bit
always understand where your water comes from!
Ali, Nivu, and I watched people perform all types of dances and ceremonies from different Taiwanese Aboriginal groups.
the person in the middle throws up this wooden woven ball...
....and whoever catches it with their spear will have good luck for that year
this looks so much like PSIDE's tinikling!
except they use sticks that remind me of raas sticks!
this was insane....there were 8 poles to dodge!
imaginary tea party
the pattern on the table
they will keep the bones of the animals they kill
it's sort of blurry...but they cooked thin slices of pork on this stone slab
lots of owls
even owls carved into other owls!
the stools were so cute!
the mochi is so sticky...so it's really hard to make
after pounding some mochi...we get to eat mochi dipped in chopped up peanuts with sugar
eating some rice cooked in bamboo...i've actually had this before!
taro cake...really good!
off to our last stop...
...a water ride!
while we were on the ride...it started pouring! so we were soaked from the ride and the rain...
since it began to pour, we headed inside
this ride was scary!
on the monorail
Nivu in the back
Old Train Station
Around 4 we headed back to the mountains....but we wanted to stop at this pretty old train station...
where people used to wait
pretending to wait for a train
this is Ali's reenactment of her trip to the doctors on our way back....hilarious! Her voice was hoarse, so she went in to get a shot. They gave her a shot in the butt, but for some odd reason the nurse forgot to close the curtain! Nivu and I could see her from outside! I laughed so hard......it was hilarious
two of the three Sav
's that were at dinner
Principal Ma's two super good friends...they love to joke around with him
the other Savi's mother
giving out chocolates I bagged
his daughter..so cute!
his wife and other daughter
E bu...the one I talked about in an earlier blog entry
this is E bu's cousin...also named E bu...they were both named after their aunt. The Bunun language teacher almost named me E bu!
sad goodbyes :(
I can't believe I'm leaving tomorrow!
p.s. I will be posting another entry hopefully tomorrow with today's pictures! I may not be in the mountains tomorrow, but it's not the very end quite yet!