|Jalishue Beach, Taiwan. Right after our arrival.|
We ended up staying in Jalishue, Taiwan which is slightly eastern of the town Kenting. It is located inside in the national Park area and has great hiking, views and is most famous for being the best surf spot on the whole island. We took a long distance cab to reach this place because NO buses really go to Jalishue. They will go to Hengchu which is about 15 minutes away by scooter but because Michael did not have a liscence and I have never driven car we could not rent scooters while we were there.
We arrived in Jalishue just in time for the Sunset. We were there about 4pm so we had ample time to enjoy the sun and the beach for a while before it got dark. We also got to enjoy some beautiful street food at a nearby market set up. We ate fresh raw corn straight off the farm, Taiwan style sausages, and I had a big ice cream cone. Ice creams are massive and inexpensive in Taiwan! I ate icecream every day I was on vacation due to it's ease of availability and it's low low price compared to HK.
|I'm excited to eat this ice cream cone! Only 30NT! That's less than one US dollar and less than 8 HK per cone!|
|The Winson House. Next door is a very good All- American style diner!|
Surfing Lessons went overall okay. We never stood up but we able to stand on our knees a couple of times. The most frustrating part was the rocks and the fact that when we asked our instructor, An An, for help his lack of English negated getting any actual useful advice. His most common words for us, "Practice, Stand up Faster, Don't fall." Not particularly useful but the lessons were not that big of expense and we enjoyed the experience. I kind of knew going into the surfing lessons that I was probably not going to be able to do it. I had a severe leg injury almost 4 years ago that required surgery and a lot of physical therapy. I am very happy to be walking without a limp now and very happy to be as active as I am but my leg can still not do some actions fully. It was very frustrating to not be able to do it because of my leg. I knew this was a possibility when I went into the surfing lessons but it still made me mad at myself and sad. I tried to not let it get me down but when I smacked my bad leg on a rock near the end of lesson I couldn't help but cry. One, because it really fucking hurt. Two, because I was really mad at myself for being insufficient at a skill I felt I should have been able to do.
|My room mate took this picture of me on the beach. I think it's pretty!|
On our second day we went hiking into the National Park to see what was out there. There we discovered beautiful rock formations of both black stone and shale. I loved the look of the waves hitting the rocks. The waves had knocked holes and knicks into the rocks over the years. Nothing was touristy or over presented. It was simply as nature wanted it to be. We also found a cute little temple nestled into the mountains. It was early into Chinese New Year so we made our wishes for the year in possibly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
|The tiniest temple nestled into the mountains of Kenting National Park!|
|Rock Formation Beaches in the National Park|