Things we learned from the first night sleeping in an Asian hotel room:
All Lindsey’s thoughts will be written in italics
- McKay still wakes up early, like an hour early, before anyone else.
- Beds are too small for two people. Linz and I had to sleep in two different beds in two different rooms because they were so small. My feet went to the end of the bed.
- The showers are tiny! We couldn’t even stand up in the shower because our head would hit the ceiling. (like so tiny that I ended sitting in the tub to “shower” to prevent the water from dripping all over the place)
- Asian hotel continental breakfasts are much different than American breakfast. Did you know that in Taiwan they eat Tofu a lot. Like in massive amounts. For breakfast?
There were a few things that we knew we wanted to do is going to Taiwan. The one main thing was for Linz and I to attend the temple. We decided to go on a Saturday morning. Since our friend Wei was gonna watch the kids we had to find a moment when our three kids wouldn’t overwhelm her. The best moment to do that was during nap time for Hayden.
We went for a walk in the morning to a park close to our hotel. We wanted to wear out our kids a little and let them get out some wiggles before we locked them in the hotel with Wei for 3 hours while we went to the temple.
Everything was wet from the night before and therefore our kids completely soaked through their one extra pair of pants and underwear. Good thing, I’m so awesome and prepared.
Hayden was wearing his squeaky shoes and attracted a dog that was being walked in the park. The dog thought that it was a chew toy and followed Hayden around in circles trying to find the toy. It was pretty funny.
I have expected the movie people to come grab our kids and try and use our blond hair blue eyed kids.
Before we headed to the hotel we figured we better get some food for the kids. I looked up on google maps for a grocery store. It was within walking distance and headed out. What I didn’t realize is how different their grocery shopping is from my own…even in Japan. It was a huge street lined with vendors and cars/mopeds weaving in and out. All these vendors has fresh vegetables and fruits. I was hoping to find a Chick-Fil A, but at las no luck. Also, Tofu EVERYWHERE. I had never seen so many different varieties. We ended up getting some fruits and stopped by the 7-11 for some bread…good things our kids don’t expect perfection with every meal!
After our walk Linz and I were able to sneak away to the temple. We quickly got some lunch before at a little cafe.
After our lunch we went into the temple. It was smaller than we thought it was going to be. There is a local chapel/mission home/visitor center on the same lot. We haven’t been to the temple in so long! We have surely missed it. But we enjoyed our worship and felt uplifted and edified. Here is a shot I took of the temple itself. It is right smack in the middle of the city and so it is hard to get a good vantage point of it.
We dont often to get meet a lot of English Speakers so we chatted with all the English speakers we could! We even met a lady who’s husband works for Google….Matt and I later said “Gosh I wonder how much they make!”
As soon as we got back to the hotel room we changed and then got into a taxi to go out to a place called Tamsui. Here is map of were it is in location to Taipei.
We didn’t take the train, because we don’t want to listen to or fight Hayden for an hour! The taxi took us maybe 45 min. Once we got there we went to a place called “Old Street Danshui”. This is where I took this awesome picture of my wife.
I can try to explain what these night markets are like but it is hard to do so. This picture doesn’t really do justice to what these places are like. The night markets of Taipei are packed with people. There are hundreds of vendors selling things from trinkets, to clothes, to food. This one had carnival games for the kids. There are sights, smells and tastes all over the place. Here are a few of the things that we saw there.
But the highlight of this was when this guy had little cars that kids could drive. Kennedy and McKay got to drive by themselves and Hayden got to be controlled by us. This was much harder than I first thought, I’m pretty sure I gave him whip lash as we started and got going but by the end of the 20 minutes we were cruising. I think this was Hayden’s favorite part of the whole trip. Maybe all of the kids’ favorite part.
We ate dinner out here, played, and were ready to head back. There was one location that I had scouted out and I wanted to take photos of it. It is a placed called Danshui’s Lover’s Bridge. I had found some awesome images on google and thought that it would be a great place to take pictures. Well I drug my family to it with me. It was A LOT further that I thought it was. By the time we got there it was too late. Kids were exhausted, wife was worn out and we had an hour taxi drive back to the place. But I drug everyone there and so I HAD to take at least a few photos. So I set up my tripod and took a few shots. Here is the best of the shots I got.
Here’s how I remember this, its just past the hill there and the bridge will appear. I’m pretty sure it was the coldest night. Hayden was strapped to Matt, our pocket Wifi battery had died and I was pushing a double stroller with two tired kids. Since our battery to our wifi had died, we kept walking thinking, its got to just be a bit farther. On busy street. Well past bedtime. By the time we go to the bridge, no one wanted to see the bridge and there were no taxis to be found. We ended up having to go into yet another hotel and have them call a cab for us. Finally, it arrived but we could not find Matt. I was not about to wait much longer, but we decided to make one loop around to find him and there we found him, tripod-camera and a grin on his face. My face was not grinning.
It really was a beautiful place. I could have stayed there for hours probably. But I took my shot and was done. The wife went to go and find a taxi and then picked me up just as they were about to leave me.
Hayden actually didn’t last on the ride home and quickly fell asleep in my arms during the cab ride. I laid him in bed with his sweatshirt on, since I didn’t dare pull it over his head. #momwin
We got back to the hotel late. All the kids crashed and Linz and I again laid in separate beds, in different rooms in the dark while the kids sleep.