Monday, August 4, 2008

Day Trip to Taipei

View of Taipei 101 building and most of Taipei from the hills behind our old apartment in Hsintien, Taipei County (click on photo to enlarge)

One of the banks with which we have an account located in Taipei

Taipei sky at night near the train station. The cloud formation suggests that a typhoon is coming soon

Hsiu-chin and I travelled to Taipei and back today, by shinkansen both ways, in order to finalize the sale of our old apartment. While that has been sorted out, there is other paperwork to be done in Kaohsiung, while I try to make sure we don't go on a wild spending spree while being deluded into thinking we have made it. Hopefully, life can get pretty much back to normal starting tomorrow, although I won't be too demanding on my morning swim in case I feel tired. In some ways I am glad I don't have a coach, as then I feel I would be serving various masters.

I am pleased to have bought a new camera, which I believe is capable of taking some good shots. It seems, though, that while today was a nice, clear day for photography, I was never quite in the right place at the right time. Today was my "rest day" as Mondays I usually do not do any training. However, I walked about 30 minutes mostly uphill to get the panoramic shot of Taipei. Had I gone two or three hours earlier, I think the sky would have been clearer. Rarely does one get a clear sky over this busy city of 3 million.

Taiwan has a lot of beautiful scenery especially in the less visited parts. I really hope to be able to travel the island on a bicycle with a camera and a computer so I can keep in touch with the world and work a few hours a day on trips.


Maggie said...

Hey Bruce

Thanks for comments on my blog I have enjoyed reading yours


BreeWee said...

Yeah Bruce, get a bike, see ALL the island!

Dolphin Boy said...

Wow! Taipei is a beautiful place. Great images! Thanks for sharing!

Get a bike!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Great photos!

ShirleyPerly said...

Great photos!

ShirleyPerly said...

Great photos!

(I've tried to leave this comment a couple times but it doesn't seem to be showing up. Sorry if you all of a sudden see 3!!)