The mammoth Exhibit
Me, Erin, Dustin, Connie
Inside Taipei 101
The little boy dect out with the swastika flag..
Chillin in the bus
The beautiful temple in Taipei
Dusty and me!
Chiang kai Sheck Memorial
Chiang kai-shek's will in chinese characters
A moment that needed to be captured
Good morning Courtney!!!! My alarm didn't go off and we had to be at the train station in 20 min. We were going to Taipei for the day! But we had to be in Fenguong by 10:30. We rushed to McDonald's and got some yummy pancakes, locked our bikes up and ran and got our tickets. Our train was leaving at 10:10 and arriving at 10:38 but we had to be at the church by 10:30. Britta was rummaging through her backpack trying to find jakes cell number hoping he would answer so he could tell the bishop to come pick us up at the train station because we had no idea where the church was. But his phone was off, then Melissa had a brilliant idea and that was to try to find someone with the internet so we could get on facebook to see if anyone was on from the other school. We were so lucky at the information desk in the train station this lady let us use the computer. Lindsey was on and we told her we were going to be late and to tell the bishop to come get us at the train station. It was a lot more dramatic then what I am explaining but this is the short version. As we arrived in Fenguong the Bishop was there and told us to take a taxi over the the church where the bus was.
The bus was super nice. We had it all to ourselves. We arrived in Taipei 2 hours later. Most of the branch did a session at the temple while the rest of us when to Chiang kai- sheck Memorial. It was so cool. We went to the museum and read about his entire life, they also had the mammoth exhibit there as well but we didn't end up going inside. and after we wanted to go to the peace building. While walking there, there was a riot going on. Everyone was wearing neon orange headbands. We weren't quite sure what was going on because everything was in Chinese. But we put the orange things on our heads and walked around everyone was giving us 2 thumbs up and we had like 50 camera men filming us. It was pretty entertaining. But then we got thinking that we didn't know if we were doing something bad. There were people holding up and american flag with Taiwan on it. We come to find out that the riot was about them becoming there own country and not being owned by China, But us Americans consider them part of China and we don't want them to have their own independence. It was still pretty funny though to see how excited people were when they saw us.
After we headed back to the temple to meet up with the rest of the branch members and we headed to Taipei 101, the moment I have been waiting for! The love sign like the one in NYC was in front of the building... oh and if you didn't know Taipei 101 is the 2nd largest building in the world and has the fastest elevator in the world. As we entered inside the building i was in complete awwwwwww. It was amazing. Unfortunately we only had less than an hour. So we decided to use our time wisely and go to the top of the building. It was awesome to see the whole city of Taipei. Wow, I still can't stop thinking about it. It was so cool.
I was a little sad that we couldn't stay longer and explore the whole building, it is just one big mall. We only had time to go to the top and down to the basement were all the food was. I ended up getting subway, I have been yearning for a nice delicious sandwich, it was so good, however we were planning on going to Chili's! I was so stoked when I heard we were going, but we had no time... :( There is always next time though, I can't wait!
We ended up going to back to Fenguong and sleeping at the other schools place. We played skip -bo and went to bed! It was a great day!