-by Amy Yen
Quick post because we just got back from Night Market & I’m exhausted. Just wanted to post a quick update of day 2 in Taipei. We went to the National Palace Museum today. Here’s me in front of the outside:
Sadly, no pictures were allowed inside, but we saw all the main attractions, including the Jade Cabbage, which looks exactly what you’d expect a jade cabbage to look like & which is marketed hilariously aggressively by the museum. For the right price, you can walk out of there with a jade cabbage souvenir keychain, cellphone charm, paperweight, compact mirror or USB port. Here it is in all its glory:
What was even more awesome than the Jade Cabbage was the Meat-Shaped Stone, which is a stone that someone ingeniously carved to look exactly like a piece of deliciously marinated meat. Seriously:
I mean, come on. If that’s not art, I don’t know what is. 😉
Anyway, day 2 was a major success on the shopping front, where I scored a hot new bag for 190 Taiwanese dollars (roughly $5 American) & shoes for 350 (about $11). At Night Market, we got the most amazing melon tea of all time & of course, Chinese shaved ice with red beans, taro & tapioca pearls. Mmmm-I’m-going-to-be-400-pounds-but-it-will-have-been-worth-it. 🙂
Okay, that’s about it. Talk to y’all later.