A more complicated case was the kid also sitting in the 7-11, who stared and stared and stared, and was clearly desperate to run over and interact with me. Her mom was doing a very good job of telling her this wasn't polite--and not "don't stare at the foreigner" but "don't stare at other people and bother them"--so I didn't undermine that by responding. Besides, I just wasn't quite in the mood to interact with a little kid at the moment. They are much harder to understand, for one thing.
Later I walked around until I got pretty solid on the local geography. The streets and alleys are twisty and unpredictable, so my already weak sense of direction is useless. But since I am more of a landmark navigator, once I have been somewhere I can get there (and back) again. Among other things, I located the nearest MRT stop. It was raining so much, though, that I decided against taking it. Instead I bought a bubble tea to get a little more caffeine in me (so cheap! 30 NT=$1!), and then wimped out and went back to my room. (More napping. Little bits of work.)
I was surprised how early it got dark here, before 7. But we are so far south, I guess, that all days are roughly the same length. At dinnertime I went out again, in a new direction. I found a Starbucks (wrong time of day for coffee though), and then a big night market.Very good for when one has to eat alone, as I remembered from Sydney!
Here is my sausage in progress.
It was nice wandering around the night market. I didn't feel like buying any clothes or shoes, which were being sold in abundance. But I was nice to have things to look at.
After eating my sausage, I also bought a little bag of bell fruit. I didn't take a picture, but this is what they look like. They have a very light taste, kind of a little like an Asian pair but not grainy, very very wet, and a different flavor. They don't grow on a cactus, but I think they are what cactus fruit should look and taste like.
Here are some more pictures from the night market:
|Various Little Stands|
|Bitter Melon Juice Stand!?|
|Rice Porridge, Red Bean Pancake, Coffee, Lychees, and Nietzsche|
Now it's raining really hard, so I need to remember my umbrella when I go out. My goals for today are to ride the MRT, find the university, start making progress on my housing search, and STAY AWAKE! For real this time!