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Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology, Bali and Danshui

Because of a little brochure I picked up in the Chengpin bookstore across from NTU, I made a day trip to Bali and Danshui today, both townships outside of Taipei. My cousin and I took the MTR Danshui line to Guandu MRT Station stop to meet the Red 13 bus to the Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology (十三行博物館). On the way out of the station, we saw sign for the tittot Glass Art Museum and so hike over before continuing on to Shisanhang.

A very poorly stitched image of the Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology.

A very poorly stitched image of the Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology.

So the back story of the museum is that some air force unit (#13 of course!) was patrolling the area and discovered the remnants of one of Taiwan’s earliest human settlements. This was a very neatly packaged museum…with lots of information on the science of archaeology and a special exhibit on one of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples: the Yami (Tao).

Afterward, my cousin and I biked to the dock and took the ferry over to Danshui where we pretty much pigged out on the xiaochi on the waterfront. Check it out!:

Old street food shops.

Old street food shops.

So tasty!

Sour plum tea! So tasty!

Lunchtime small easts! That's two bowls of Ah-Gei and a bowl of fishball soup.

Lunchtime small easts! That's two bowls of Ah-Gei and a bowl of fishball soup.

Tasty tasty ah gei!

Tasty tasty ah gei!

Potato chips on a stick!

Potato chips on a stick!

New addiction: Fried mushrooms!!!

New addiction: Fried mushrooms!!!

Of course…there was even more we could get around to eating:

Didn't eat this, but it's good too!

Didn't eat this, but it's good too!

Apparently white sugar scallions (there aren't actually scallions involved) are an old-fashion sweet from way back when...

Apparently white sugar scallions (there aren't actually scallions involved) are an old-fashion sweet from way back when...

Turkish Ice Cream! The owner is such a riot!

Turkish Ice Cream! The owner is such a riot!

That's one big pig!

That's one big pig!

There was also a lone singer out in the street, getting his music out in the masses:

He had such a lovely voice!

He had such a lovely voice!

Hmm…when will I be able to go back for another visit?! I still haven’t gone to see Fort San Domingo! Next time, I guess!

Back-posted 02.07.2010

NTU Library

My first day researching in the National Taiwan University Library! I headed out early and caught the Gongguan area in the midst of waking up. I absolutely love those morning hours when everything is suffused with a kind of ecstatic bustling energy!

Xinsheng South Road is sleepy in the morning...

Xinsheng South Road is sleepy in the morning...

...but people are definitely out and about! Check out how many bikes are already stored on the racks!

...but people are definitely out and about! Check out how many bikes are already stored on the racks!

I made a pit-stop at the local 85 Degrees which was quite tasty and broke my fast on a bench near the NTU library.

Breakfast of champions! Taiwan's 85 degrees has pastries stuffed with more cheese, more filling...The coffee tastes about the same though ;)

Breakfast of champions! Taiwan's 85 degrees has pastries stuffed with more cheese, more filling...The coffee tastes about the same though ;)

A not-so-great shot of the NTU Library.

A not-so-great shot of the NTU Library.

A little about being a visitor at the library: They seem to be pretty stringent about who can enter. As long as you are a student you can enter–provided you have some kind of valid school identification. However, they also seemed to need a passport for non-Taiwan citizens. As much as I hate walking around with official documents tucked in my purse…I guess anything to make school administration happy!

Black and Yellow Spotted Beetle

Back-posted 02.03.2010