And I thought my sleep schedule was getting better but yesterday (5.6.2010) was the weirdest day of sleep yet. Woke up at 6:00am, napped from 8:00pm to 9:30pm and then fell asleep again at 5:30am, Bizarre.
Anyhoo, yesterday was a great food day. I discovered the most delicious bowl of noodles. Just phenomenal. A bowl of boiled noodles with greens and a bit of pork topping infused with dried shrimps. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. In addition, I ate the best egg custard tart I have ever eaten. Perfect flaky crust. I must eat more. Once I am done here I think I am going to go out for noodles and the custard tart.
What else, what else. I took care of my medical examination. As a fully sponsored employee, I am entitled to state-run health care. It costs around 15 bucks per month and is, from most accounts, very good. The U.S. really needs to get its s*** together and provide this service. The hospital itself was sleek and modern. My brother informed me that it was recently built. Oh, and another example of random Taiwan kindness: Some random, I-just-ended-my-shift dude was flirting with a hospital receptionist but, as soon as he learned that I needed directions to the International Health office, he escorted me to my destination. It was NOT a short walk but he was super nice and we had a conversation in my signature Chinese/English dialect. Thanks a lot, random dude!
Other than that, it was a fairly average day. Morning market, morning exploration, poker/reading, afternoon exploration, more poker/reading, nap, meet with brother for night market eats, late night TV with him and then bed. Not terrible, as far as I am concerned.
Pictures...as always, hover over "notes" for captions:
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And I made a few videos so you can see what it is like to ride on a scooter in Taiwan: