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Scootin’ in Jiaosi

13 May 2009

After a couple days in Taipei we decided to skip town and see what else Taiwan had to offer.  When the clouds refused to dissipate, thus ruining plans for hitting the beaches, we opted for a natural hot springs town just a few hours north and hopped on a train to check it out.

Jaiosi, a resort town.

Jiaosi, a 'resort' town.

We made many friends while sitting around soaking our feet in the natural spring water just out front the train station.

We made many friends while sitting around soaking our feet in the natural spring water just out front the train station.

Jiaosi is where we landed.  A small resort town of 7,000 Taiwanese, and as far as we figured, 5 foreigners.  After cruising around to different resort/hotels  and asking for deals, we found one with a quirky little man named ‘Oliver’ who offered us a sweet deal for $60/night.

With a grotto on the top floor, we spent the afternoon splashing around in the natural spring water and followed it up with an epic meal and a cushy sleep in some cozy beds.  Well rested, we decided to join in the Taiwanese way of life and rent some scooters to get us around to see the waterfalls just outside of town.

Waterfalls on the left and typical Taiwanese cemetery on the right.

None of us had ever driven these things and after much discussion with the woman who owned the scooter shop (I think she was trying to sell us scooters first) she gave us each a scooter for 3 hours for the low down dirty price of $3.  She looked horrified at our overuse of the gears/shifting apparatus/gas/breaking/speeding as we practiced around the train station fountain, but she finally waved us away and we were off.

Not one of our biker gang was seriously injured.  In fact, we all enjoyed our scooting so much that we have discussed purchasing some scoots here in Korea.  Unfortunately, they are not as popular here as they were in Taiwan.  And, I’d likely see the end of my days riding one of these around in Seoul traffic.  So for now, the scoots will be a memory I carry of a little town called Jiaosi in Taiwan.

Me, trying to look like a hard biker chick.

Me, trying to look like a hard biker chick. The purse and peace sign intensify that image, no?

Al and Lacy rounded out our biker gang of three.

Al and Lacy rounded out our biker gang of three.

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