I often spend a lot of my time when I need to get out on the local University Campus. National Taiwan University is one of the oldest in Taiwan, and a beautiful place. It’s just two city blocks from my home, and next to most of the local restaurants, so I often wander there after eating as a way to relax.
Another shot the library, with it’s stone name plaque, a very common thing in Asia. They like the permanence that having things carved in stone seems to imply. I wonder if Connie will want me to carve my wedding vows in stone too…
The actual building, which I believe is an engineering building. The weathered effect is literally the result of the extreme weather here in Taipei. You should see what it does to people who spend all their time outdoors!
Saturday and Sunday morning and afternoon the campus is filled with groups of men with cameras following around beautiful women in sexy or strange outfits. They’re camera clubs who hire the model collectively to spend a few hours posing for them. It’s a good gig for both sides, although one wonders how the models feel about it. In this case the model was wearing a sexy angel costume (with wings), a pink wig, AND bunny ears! You have to wonder how they explained what she’d be wearing to her, or how they decided this was the costume they wanted her to wear…”I want a bunny girl!” “I want an angel”, “I want a girl with pink hair!” Still, it does keep the campus interesting!
So, today I joined Connie and her mother in a tip up YangMinShan mountain to one of it’s many parks! I met them at the train station, and then two bus rides later there we were outside of the visitor center..
I took this picture because I thought it was sad they had to put bars on the vending machines in such a beautiful and idyllic setting. I guess there are people spoiling things everywhere!
The bus stop area in front of the visitor center. That white stuff is clouds! We’re actually up in the middle of a large cloud bank during these pictures! (Which is also the reason there are no scenic shots…)
The mountaintop park was filled with families enjoying the fresh air, if not the view. The longer we were there, the worse the clouds got. Many families with there with children and pets, and one couple were even walking a rabbit!
Connie enjoys her favorite snacks (bought by yours truely) while we wait for the bus. We went down after this and stopped at a nice Western Style-Japanese Style fusion place of the kind which are so common here. A good day had by all!