Fun Fun Fun at the 101 (or not so much)
On our last night in Kaohsiung I grabbed a bag of Longans from a small night market. Quite hungry and probably a bit dehydrated, I reached into the bag to crack one open and enjoy its sweet juicy goodness. I think my mistake was in not washing them first. Even though they’re shelled, it’s probably best to wash them before eating. All I could taste for the rest of the night was dirt. I drank some water and tried to get the taste out of my mouth but couldn’t quite get rid of it. Once we were back at the hotel I washed them really good and had a few more. I think my taste was spoiled and I just didn’t really like these.
Next morning we hopped the High Speed Rail back to Taipei. I wasn’t feeling that bad but had a sorta uneasy thing going on. At one point in the train station I was inspecting a billboard close up to check out the pixels etc, ‘cuz that’s what printers do. All of a sudden I felt really dizzy or like I was going to pass out. I got some tea and sat down but wasn’t feeling quite right. We hopped on the train and I set up a time-lapse and put Rose Tattoo on my headphones. Feeling good watching the beauty of Taiwan fly by my window.
Get to Taipei, check into our hotel and then head straight for the 101 to catch the sunset. The line to the top was long and I didn’t wanna risk being stuck in it if my tummy went wacky. Instead we headed outside to shoot from street level trying to catch the fading days light and mix it with the bustling traffic and fast-moving clouds.
A wedding couple drove up quick with their photographer and assistant and shot a few portraits in front of the “love” sculpture. Perfect setting, I imagine there’s a lot of those shots out there.
It was cool watching him work but the wind was really picking up and I felt bad for the bride. They were quick though. I set my camera similar to how I figured his lights were set and tried to snipe a few shots.
Around this point Lily was freezing and we were both hungry. However for some reason I wasn’t cold at all and it was really windy. We headed into the mall area to get some dinner at the infamous 101 food court. First we stopped for a moment in the mall area and I was really making myself dizzy shooting the interior.
Had a really hard decision to make concerning what to eat. So many great options in the food court! I went with a beef noodle soup dish that was wonderful. Really hit the spot.
Except, it also hit another spot. The one that was probably food poisoning from the dirty longans. I got really nauseous and knew I had to get back to the hotel. No train, we need a cab. Luckily the cab line at the 101 is quite efficient and we weren’t too far from our hotel. I spent the rest of the night tossing some cookies and hugging the toilet bowl. Then completely wiped out and in bed. Unable to even move. It was rough. Somehow I managed to set up some time-lapse stuff from our hotel window and it looks pretty great. I’ll be posting those soon. Just do yourself a favor though, wash your longans!