This weekend was both really fun and completely wasted as far as actually achieving anything notable goes. Friday turned into a 24 hour day as I ended up drinking till 8am, and thus the following/same day was spent doing very little at all. The most I could muster was eating fish and watching Oliver Stone’s excellant film JFK. On Sunday I bought a new lamp.
The next few weeks will follow a more understated pattern, as I need to save money for the fun and excitement thats to come my way at the end of March…
I guess I could have called this post 行きタイワン (Ikitaiwan), and made my first terrible pun in Japanese. But I guess few people who read this blog get the joke. So I went with the above.
That’s right, my second daring and adventurous trip beyond Japan’s borders will be to the island of Formosa, and the interesting country that is Taiwan. I’ll get to see the tallest building in the world (at the moment), many wonderful museums and temples (including a museum with all the stuff Chaing Kai-Shek yoinked when he “cheesed it” out of China in 1949), and some beautiful natural scenery. Plus the usual selection of weird and wonderful night market food and dodgy karaoke venues without which any trip is incomplete.
I’ll be going for longer than I went to Korea- from a wednesday till a sunday in late March. Hurrah! And the week after I’ll be back where it all began– in Tokyo for a fun weekend courtesy of the super-fast if highly expensive Shinkansen (Okayama to Tokyo in 3 and a half hours), and perhaps to mine and Pete’s spiritual home in the city, the Park Hyatt Hotel with its １８００円 (£8) gintoniku. So the money I save in February will be lavishly and excessively spent on magical fun in March! So much for saving money (or as I like to say, “counting my yennies”. Ho ho ho). Roll on ３月。。。
If anyone can think of good puns on “Taiwan”, “Taipei” or anything along those lines for my posts then let me know. There will be an incredible prize. So far all I have is the preditable “Made In Taiwan”, and the terrible “Taiwan-to Go Back Again” (not so different to the title of this post). Hmmmm. Maybe they will have to do.