The only downside to my trip to Taiwan was the downpour that lasted a third of my stay…I was there for TWO WEEKS. I was continuously running around for cover, I would get soaked to the bone after speed walking or sprinting a couple of blocks. I hated it when my shoes filled with water, and they made those unsatisfying, sloshing sounds. But, it wasn’t all bad, the rain, the water was warm, it felt like I was taking a shower most of the time. Alas, the combination of sweat from the humidity and that rainwater made you all sticky.
You’re probably wondering why I didn’t buy an umbrella. Well, because I’m from Seattle…We’re hardcore, and we don’t need protection from little droplets of rain. I have to say it was very tempting to buy one since there were umbrella stands EVERYWHERE, but I told myself, “This bloody fricken rain will pass! You don’t need one. GURRRL YOU ARE FROM SEATTLE, RAIN LIKE THIS IS NOTHING!” I kept telling myself this over and over; however, my drenched clothes and the dark skies told me otherwise. I was at war with myself, and I pulled through…I feel like I deserve an applause.
It was challenging for me to take photos because of the rain. It splashes all over my lens which makes it harder for my camera to focus. Condensation played a huge part in messing up my camera too. I didn’t even consider buying a rain protector because I thought this trip would be filled with rays of sunshine.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the late President Chiang Kai-shek. It’s surrounded by Chinese gardens and is a favorite leisure spot for Tapei residents. Of course, when I visited this structure it was under renovation…whenever I travel somewhere there’s always something being fixed! Hopefully, my next visit will be bright, blue skies and a fixed Memorial Hall.
I’ll discuss more about my trip on my next post!
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