January 27th, 2017 | Lunar New Year’s day

Alexander and his grandfather walk along an old hillside street in great grandfathers town. Kending, Taiwan. New Years Day.

Our room for the night. Nothing fancy, but better than the smoke and dust in grandparents house. That stone bathtub will fill with hot spring water at the turn of the faucet. Nice!

Friday. 22°c.

Kending, Southern Tip Taiwan.

6:00 a.m. We were up early this morning to catch a private bus down to great grandfathers in southern Taiwan.

9:00 a.m. After visiting great grand dad and grandma we checked into a local hotel. We will spend at least one night in comfort before New Years festivities begin. Last year we stayed at great grandfather’s, but to be honest I didn’t like it one bit. They live in a very old japanese era house, which is run.down and full of insense smoke burning from traditional altars and cigarette smoke. Two smells I loath. And the old hard beds are.. hard!

11:00 a.m. After going to mix with family for an hour or two we returned to the hotel and had a solid sleep for two hours.

3:30 p.m. Chia, Alexander and I borrowed great grandfathers’s scooter and zoomed around the peaceful country side for an hour, stopping by a cheap dollar store in a nearby township and buying a toy car for Alexander to occupy him in the hotel room and some snack foods, mostly Doritos! Yum.

8:00 p.m. Checked back into the hotel for the evening. The hotel is in a hot springs area, so the bath water is of course fresh hot springs water. I bathed with Alexander for a good 30 minutes until our finger tips looked like shriveled prunes. Ha.

9:00 p.m. We might be in the country with the farms and ocean but not without convenience. Down on the corner is if course a 7-11. The amount of convenience stores in Taiwan is staggering. They pretty much are on every corner. 7-11 used to be a United States chain. But it is now owned by the Japanese who have great investment in Taiwan. Anyway digressing, need some midnight goodies so we can eat a watch a movie. Tonight’s movie is San Andreas with “The Rock” as the lead actor. Should be fun.

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