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First day in Taiwan...
We made it to Taipei, wandered around the city a bit, took some pictures, got to the hotel, and are tired. See Luan managed to get 7-9 hours of sleep on the plane, I may have managed 3-4. On the upside, I did fix a couple bugs in PyPE in my sleeplessness (though claims of power and/or internet on the flight over were outright lies).

Sadly, See Luan managed to dislocate her knee while standing outside a Starbucks (I was getting her a latte), so much of our day after 12:30PM local time included her limping around. :( We got her a hot bath and shower tonight, put some medicated pads on her knee, and plugged in the fridge so ice is on the way. Tomorrow we'll stop by a pharmacy, where apparently pharmacists can sell the good drugs after prescribing them on the spot. Woo for saving money on not needing to go to a hospital. When we get back to the states, I'm going to insist that she see a doctor and get it checked out.

The injury also resulted in a fall, causing See Luan to throw her new Canon S95 halfway across the street (with lens extended). Aside from the lens not wanting to go back in (it can be forced), some amazing scarring to it's metal body, and some serious body warping (some of which I bent back in); the thing still seems to be able to take really nice pictures. I'm going to have to open it up to see if I can fix the lens return (it feels like a bit of metal is bent and is catching just before getting all the way in), which might be an evening project if we can find mini-screwdrivers.

Oh, and the food is cheap. In LA, I'd pay like $9 for a good bowl of Ramen. Here? $3 We're going to catch dinner at an "American" grill downstairs because See Luan is hobbling around, but I guess they are pretty popular in the area.

I'll blog after dinner and a shower about my first impressions of Taiwan.

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Where are you staying at? Did you know Taiwan got out of the 3rd world country status decades ago? Make sure to take the MRT a few times. Rent a MRT bicycle. Go to NPM for history, it is filled with amazing artifacts. CKS memorial hall aka Freedom Plaza is cool too, and free! Don't go to Sogo if she shops crazy, even if it is likes dept stores like the ones in the US just a few times more grand. 101 is too tourisy but it aint bad. The temples are kind of interesting. Everything is super cheap and people do not in general charge a "white person tax" like in China and other 3rd world countries. Go to Dan4-shui3, a decent hang out place. Lastly don't ever insinuate that China and Taiwan are in any way similar unless you want your ass kicked. If you do by accident, tell your attackers that Taiwan is almost as advanced as Japan and you'll be fine. Nice to see you blog, keep it up -k

We stayed in someone's apartment, rented it from a company that rents out such things.

We took the MRT just about everywhere. No bicycle with See Luan's knee injury.

We went to Sogo, but she's not a big shopper, so it was mostly to see the spectacle.

We got to check out the 101 from the Google offices thanks to Jane :)

We went to Dan-shui with Jane, which was awesome :)

Yeah... I know enough about Taiwan/Chinese history to know not to insinuate anything about either culture. Just smile and nod like a good gui-lian ;)

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