Sun, Sea and Sand

After so much city, I felt, I needed a place to relax. So I went all the way south to Kenting.

Before I took the express bus there, I met with the mother of one of the girls (Chih-Ling), who stay in my apartment in Berlin right now. We had met before in Berlin and get along real nice. We had a very tasty lunch in Koahsiung and spent a couple of relaxing hours chatting about this and that.

The first night in Kenting (I arrived in the dark), I spent in the cheap ($ 20) hotel next to the bus station, which I had booked in advance.
It was clean, the room spacious, the bed comfortable and the real big window opened to let the refreshing mountain breeze in. Still, just like in Tainan: Everything, starting in the lobby, was messy and full of private “junk”. The whole place was run down and there was mildew and traces of humidity all over the bathroom (although, I must say, it did not smell mouldy!).
I shut the bathroom door and opened the window wide. The cool air that entered the room was divine. For the first time since my arrival in Taiwan, I can say I slept REALLY, REALLY good.

This was what I saw (and heard) when I looked out of my window. Unfortunately GIFs do not transport the beautiful sound
View of the mountain in the morning

Nevertheless, I afforded myself a $ 50 luxury hotel for the other two nights.
I took a 4th floor room in one of the many small hotels (luckily, as busy as this resort probably is in the summer time, there are no “hotel towers”) first row to the beach. “Sea view”, of course, with balcony.

View from my window/balcony

The next two days I spent exploring the area around (I took a tour) and the main street (walking).
The street that leads through the town parellel to the beach converts itself at night fall (which here is about 6 pm) into a huge, mile long night market.

These impressive guys (about 3-4 inches long) don’t know yet, that they will be grilled soon
I decided to go vegetarian. These are the sprouts of “Asplenium Nidus”, known in the Western world as “Bird’s Nest Fern”, a common houseplant. In Taiwan the sprouts are eaten as a vegetable. It is called 山蘇 (pronounced shān sũ, which means something like “Mountain Greens”), is typically cut into inch-long pieces and fried with garlic and chilli peppers.

Here some more pictures of the abundance of fruits, vegetables and fresh pressed juices, found on local markets:

And here some pictures of the beautiful nature and landscape:

This fruit is called “Pandanus tectorius” (by scientific name). I forgot, what they call it in Taiwan. It resembles a bit a pineapple and here in the south of Taiwan they make juice out of it

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