Lorenzo Pirisino

Street Talks

Posted on 2006/05/17 09:41:56 (May 2006).

[16th - 17th May 2006]

Yesterday we had the usual working day, going around the city meeting clients and so on. The weather is completely crap, the typhoon that was meant to pass Taiwan to head over to Shanghai decided at he last minute that it might have been better to stop over for some HOTTARA action (see previous post), and is coming here.
This means that there are 30 degrees Celsius with heavy rain, hardly a weather that makes you feel like going around carrying a suitcase weighting more than 40 kilograms...

ANYWAYS, such is the life of the jet-set dishcloth fabric salesman for you...

In the evening we went to the most peculiar restaurant I have ever been to.
Basically after much walking we stopped in front of this convenience store, where a couple of people were setting up their little stall with ice and fish for display.
Strong of yesterday's experience I selected the fish and to my surprise Richard and Jimmy pointed me a dirty, chipped, crappy white table behind the stall... IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAVEMENT, in front of the convenience store.
Yes, dear reader, we had dinner right next to the street, I have taken some pictures that I'll upload soon, if I thought that health regulations were a problem here in Taipei I was sadly brought to a reassessment of my ideas...

The food was not bad, but seeing the lady cleaning the fish in the GUTTER, or having a kid stopping in front of our table to take a SLASH (towards the gutter it has to be said), was quite an experience, though I managed to dissimulate my surprise putting my best poker face to both incidents.

Well, I managed to get away when all the usual "friends" were coming to join us, to engage in the usual talks (street talks this time) that I always seem to witness...
All in all I can say that I cannot get a more "real" taste of the Taiwanese ways after this... (or at least I hope)

Today I didn't do much, some work, finished early and moved to the hotel to have a bit of a rest. I did go to see the electronic town again, wanting to buy my ADSLwirelessmodemrouter MONSTER, but I wasn't convinced and I left it there. Later after checking the model at home on the Internet I have seen that it was not a modem, so in the end it was a good thing that I didn't buy it.

That's it really, the rain has now intensified, meaning that the storm is coming, but I still want to get out of here to grab a bite, we'll see if I manage!

Ciao ciao...

Comment 1

I knew that something else would have happened.....
This is your third strange taiwanese adventure!!!
So now you are ready to start to write a book: you can title it:
"My advetures all over the world"
it will be a funny book!!!

Posted by Marta at 2006/05/17 15:13:38.

Comment 2

Your best 'poker' face! I like it! Will try to insert it in a next conversation (and pretend I made it up...).

Posted by Sheri at 2006/05/17 19:44:02.

Comment 3

Sheri: I will uleash the RIIA dogs on you for illegal copying over the internet of expression used! :)

Posted by Lox at 2006/05/18 02:54:12.

Comment 4

Hi Lox. Yes, I quite agree with Marta - this has got to be a book!! :)

Posted by Nigel at 2006/05/18 13:09:18.

Comment 5

Nigel: I am toying with that idea... I might really get down to write it sometimes!

Posted by Lox at 2006/05/18 14:43:52.

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