Loud booms and crackles made their way from the streets to our 9th floor hotel room. It’s Chinese New Year! - Taiwan’s biggest annual holiday. Besides shops and businesses and banks being closed, the other mode of celebration includes all service providers charging 20% to 40% extra (restaurants, taxis, hotels, doctors, etc.) from January 28th through February 12th. Hooray.
What Val and I did today:
1. Took a stroll to the laundromat;
2. Watched the clothes go round and round.
Yes, a pretty full day.
Directly across the street from the Laundromat: Pizza Hut. The pizza toppings include octopus, squid, and unidentified. I’m convinced the crust is made of tater tots but Swamiji thinks they’re croutons. What’s your guess?
In other news, Premodaya pointed out that we’ve all been washing our hair with ‘shapmoo’ for the past several days (see pic), and that shapmoo is way better than shampoo. Perhaps it’s some special Taiwanese ancient mystical hair product. I’m inclined to think it’s true, considering I’m completely recovered health-wise now. Plus my hair isn’t looking too bad either.
All in all, though we’re all very pleased and blessed to have experienced Taipei, especially during this most auspicious time of year, I think we’re ready for our next adventure.
Next stop? India!