April 4, 2010

Deinstall, Day 5, part 2

After our fun at the lotus pond, we were thirsty and hungry, but couldn't exactly find what we were looking for there, so we went to the former British Consulate. The view was nice, and I had fun taking pictures for some tourists. This show was on at the consulate, but I didn't see it.

We needed a taxi to get to our next destination, so I put out my hand and the next taxi coming our way was a 1971 Cadillac! We rode in style to 24 Hour Foot Massage, which we'd seen a few days before.

I had forgotten a friend's warning about foot massages. Mine was quite painful. Not sure why I kept with it, other than not wanting to make a big deal in front of my friends, who were so relaxed and enjoying theirs. My masseuse just laughed at my protestations.

Eventually we headed home and went to the night market with our host. First he took us to the beautiful train station:

Then we went to a bride cake store. There is a whole street that specializes in bride cakes and gifts for guests, as this sign shows:

The Liuhe Night Market is the oldest, I believe, and specializes in food. I had some tasty things. 

We bought hot chestnuts that were shaped like mustaches or bats. Salty, starchy, yummy. I believe I did have the fig jelly drink, a lemonade concoction with gelatin lumps at the bottom. I loved the Mexico Burrito booth that offered both mutton and tuna burritos. And I loved this takoyaki sign.

At the end of our stroll through the night market, we had candied strawberries on a stick, which were amazing. I'd sworn I'd have stinky tofu at the night market, but after eating the strawberries I felt less inclined for a challenge. Which flavor would you want to linger?

On the way back to the hotel, I jumped out of the car to go to the night market near our hotel. I bought some tiny hats for a colleague at the factory, and then hoofed it for half a mile back to the Blue Muse for a final beer and bow mi wha.

So ends this deinstall, and onto other things :)

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