So, on the May first holiday weekend, I joined Connie and her assorted friends and co-workers in a trip to the legendary Ching Jing tea farms in central Taiwan. Getting up bright and early Saturday morning, I hopped a taxi to meet Connie and the others, and then we piled into two cars for the trip to Ching Jing. This Hello Kitty car belongs to Connie’s friend and manager Monica, and despite it’s small size it has a lot of power. (Just like Monica!)
So, after zipping along the road for half an hour, we came to this highway rest-stop where we could have breakfast and give the drivers a chance to relax. The stop was filled with cool little shops selling gift snacks and tourist trinkets, I nearly bought a very cool Three Kingdoms chess set, but Connie said I could find it cheaper in Taipei, so I held off. It was also because I couldn’t choose between the Chinese Chess set and the western Chess set, the Chinese Chess one had nicer figures, but I don’t know how to play it! 🙁
Around the corner from the bathroom I found this sad looking boy watching the people go by. Dogs are very common in Taiwan, but not really natural here with their thick fur. There are many stray dogs because they are often allowed to run loose and there is no harsh winter to keep the population under control. At least this one’s owners were good enough to chain him so he doesn’t wander off.