The Trip to Penghu was good. We didn’t stay on the main island. We took a plane from Taipei’s domestic airport to Penghu and then a boat to a small island off of the main island.
This was an interesting little island (name JiDong I think). I guess at it’s biggest it had a population of 3,000 people, but that has since dwindled to 20 something (so I was told). There was an old hospital and school house left over from the island’s peak time. We lived in the old school for 2 nights.
The first thing I got a taste of was mountain climbing. I don’t mean the kind with the ropes and hooks, I mean the free hand climbing people do that looks really dangerous. It always seemed a little too dangerous for my taste, but there was a little cliff on this island that I couldn’t seem to stop climbing. Next I knew I was half way up this thing and coming down was a whole new ball game.
I now have a desire to do more free hand mountain climbing. There’s something about knowing that mistakes are NOT acceptable that makes it really fun.
Another thing I did was snorkel. Well, at first I just goggled. I thought snorkeling looked stupid on TV, so I just held my breath, swam down by the coral for a while and came up (repeat). That got me tired really quickly, so I decided to try the snorkeling thing. Turns out it’s really cool. You just kind of chill on top of the water, enjoying the fish and coral. A taste of that has me craving more (and craving getting certified or whatever for scuba diving).
After our stay on the smaller island we went to a bigger one (AnWang I think). I didn’t do much there but watch TV and enjoy the aircon.
The trip was really nice though. It was with a bunch of I-Ping’s friends, coworkers and their kids. So I just played with the kids the whole time, increasing my Chinese skill and had fun.
I think this trip was also the beginning of me actually enjoying vacations. I mean, I’ve enjoyed them in the past, but usually felt like I should be home or something. I never really “wanted” to go (even those trips to Bali). I feel that changing really soon.
Hopefully that photogallery is coming soon so pictures will once again flow. (Oh yeah, my camera died there, so it’s time to get a replacement 😦 and 😀 at the some time).