And then last Sunday, Darren and I went to Wulai which is on the southern outskirts of Taipei - a bus ride, 25 minutes on the MRT and another bus up the mountain to these great waterfalls. We walked around the town and took a little old train up to the cable car -very cool and then walked around in the mountains. It's very commercialised; unfortunately in a rather tacky way but it's quite amusing and we looked beyond the dancing show and amusement park and overfed koi fish so it was great to be out & about; despite Darren's hangover! (photos to follow)
...........And then the second highest peak in the park too - despite our protests and some foul language from me; Doug's topographical map was not that accurate so we never levelled off and we never found the damn split before the peak...then Kim, the Canadian Mountain Goat and her Trusty Black Rescue Dog, XP - bounded down the peaks and took the wrong forks in the path so we all landed up in the parking lot - the wrong parking lot. Exhausted, we refused to walk another minute to the right parking lot somewhere along the road...so Sherry & I tried to hitch-hike (without success), we tried to catch a bus (with no money) so Doug tried to hitch-hike (without success) and he took a bus, found the car and came back to fetch us - thank goodness!
Funny Chinese story - Sherry phoned ahead from the car to reserve a table at the restaurant and was asked "Do we want table legs?" - naturally she said "Huh? Don't those come standard with the meal?" but it turns out that the Chinese word from eisbein (pork knuckles) is almost the same, so they need to ask to get it prepared in time - we found this hilarious as Sherry is fluent in English & Chinese and even she can get confused! No hope for blond me!