We’re on the road now.
Driving out of Tainan and heading back up to Taichung.
The time here has been really great,
we don’t often get to go on these big family trips.
It was a more special occasion since Aaron and Ethan graduated.
Though I hope there will be a lot more in the future!
Outside of Tainan now, driving by the countryside.
離開台南 沿途由城市轉換成鄉間風景We drive for a few hours, until the sun begins to set.
We turn off at the exit, to visit a rest stop.
After parking we head towards the building.
I am really blown away by the size of Taiwanese reststops.
this is the first time I’ve ever been to one.
This place has a huge parking lot
and two sets of big public bathrooms.
The stereotype is that everything is bigger in America,
but that certainly doesn’t apply to rest areas.
This is 30 times bigger than most American reststops I’ve seen.
In a standard rest stop in the states,
you’ll have bathrooms, and if you’re lucky a snack machine.
Rest areas in Taiwan seem much more like community parks.
As I walk around I count 4 different musicians, playing for tips.
Next to the bathroom area,
there is a huge park, which we will explore later.
Right now we are heading into the main building.
before you see the inside,
I promise you that this isn’t a mall or shopping center,
it is really just a rest stop.
The inside has multiple levels,
both with their own shops and restaurants.
The size of this place is really mindblowing.
We wander around a bit,
exploring the different areas of this large structure.
In one of two convenience stores inside,
I grab a cold green tea,
and head to pay.
On our way out, we notice a savory pastry shop.
We won’t eat dinner until we get back to Taichung,
so we each get something here.
I go with the Cheese flavor.
To exit the rest stop, we pass under a huge aquarium.
Which puts us out at the other convenience store, and a Starbucks.
Now we head to the park.
The sky is beginning to glow a warm orange, as the sun sets.
Sherry’s parents take pictures in front of the trees.
After walking for a minute, we come to a place to eat our snack.
It’s a small pond, filled with lily pads and fish.
We feed the fish some of the leftover crust.
After we finish eating, we begin to head back to our car.
On the way, passing a huge tree.
It’s so big that it’s branches are growing their own roots for support.
It’s really a breathtaking scene,
something I didn’t expect from a rest stop.
Taiwan has really outdone itself in this field.
It will be dark soon and we need to head out.
Tomorrow, Sherry and I will take a bus back to Taipei.
to resume our city life.
This family vacation has been wonderful, and I’m sorry to go.
though, I’m happy that I will always have the memories, of this wonderful time.
I’ll see you tomorrow.
We’re on the road now.