One of the coolest things about traveling East over the Pacific is the
dateline. This flight was the fastest I've ever been on from Taipei, at only
about nine hours. It didn't go over Japan and Alaska like it usually does.
What this means is that I left Taipei Thursday at 23:55, and I landed in
Vancouver Thursday at 19:15!
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I was hoping to write something during my stay in Taipei. Instead, I'm
writing this from the plane flight back to Vancouver. The plane is a nice
shiny Boeing 777. It's pitch black outside, with bright stars and a fair bit
of turbulence. I'm hoping the plane will have the starry-sky ceiling like on
my previous flight on one of these.
I guess the point is that I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance
to write anything. With this fifth visit, I know enough people and places in
the city to keep busy every single night of a four week trip.
The trip has been exhausting, as always. First a week of Computex, then a
whole slew of meetings and working with my company's customers. We even
opened a new corporate office downtown Taipei, at an excellent location
right next to the Zhong Shan subway station. Four hotels throughout the stay
kept it fresh. Perhaps this is to be expected, but I'm starting to
understand significant amounts of Mandarin, and starting to recognize more
and more characters. Just for fun, I got two-sided business cards, with my
Chinese name (史派特) and contact information on the back!
The photo is of the one chance I had to get away from the city. I was
fortunate to get brought along on a trip to the Eastern coastal town of
Keelung. Nothing reminds you that you're on a tropical island like a lush
green coastal line falling into the ocean.
One last note: don't drink the Guinness in Taiwan. It has a funny yellow
label, is brewed in Malaysia, and tastes nothing like Guinness. Try one for
fun, it's an alright stout, but it's definitely not Guinness.
I can't wait to sleep in my own bed again. First, I have to spend the
night in Vancouver. Maybe I'll spend the night walking along the coast
rather than sleeping in yet another hotel.
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