Thursday, February 17, 2011

week 22_Kaohsiung day trip

Taiwan is a pretty small island, and the largest towns are well known: Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. This week I had the chance to get out of the office for a day and visit one of our project job sites in Kaohsiung. There are many ways to get from here to there, but since this was a business trip we took the high speed rail (traveling at about 288km -aka- 179mi/hr).

Kaohsiung is located on the opposite end of the island, at the southern tip. The weather is generally warmer, and people tell me that the pace is typically slower. It is highly appreciated for offering simpler living, sunshine, and the chance to escape the hustle & bustle of a Taipei lifestyle. Being that I was there for work, I didn't spend much time basking in the sunshine or moving slowly... but it would be nice to visit again sometime off the clock :)

I could still feel the slower pace though... :)

I see these frequently even in Taipei...
With the twigs tied together...
Are people actually making these as needed?
Or does a store actually sell this???
Interesting either way.
A woman laying tiles for the roof garden.
Bamboo ladder.
(There were also metal ladder on site, but isn't this one more fun?)
After a busy morning, we joined some of the construction managers for lunch at a nearby restaurant. Whenever there is a large group, we are more likely to eat at a nice restaurant with large shared dishes on a round table... I particularly like this because not only do people order for me (which makes things easy) but I also get to try lots of new local food that I might not always know to order for myself...

Part of our work lunch feast!
More of the feast.
We spent some more time at the job site, but after that lunch it was harder to go back to work - I was ready for a nap! Good thing the train ride home was an hour and a half... :)


  1. Interesting fish.what was it like? What kind of fish do you like to eat in Taipei?

  2. It was like, baked fish. I actually don't order fish very often here... It is readily available and cheap, but like most things here, it still comes with all of the bones in it, so you have to be careful as you are eating.

  3. Oh, and of course, that is always with chopsticks too!