And the crazy signs continue…

Everywhere you look in Taiwan, there are signs. Some of them in Chinese only, some of them accurately (more or less) translated, and my favorite: those with a few language gaffes.

A new lounge, off of Dunhua S. Rd.

A new lounge, off of Dunhua S. Rd.

I wonder what a mam moth is? A new winged night creature? Or did they mean mammoth? As in big and extinct? If I owned a lounge, I’m not sure I’d want to advertise “dead” whiskey. Does it kill you? Does it contain inert matter?

At the unloading zone of the National Palace Museum

At the unloading zone of the National Palace Museum

Uh, so is this the bus for overweight foreigners?

At a food stand on Fuxing, near Xinyi

At a food stand on Fuxing, near Xinyi

Wow, this must be really old rice! Are the leaves from the paleolithic age as well?

It always amazes me that folks don’t verify their translated messages with a native English speaker…

Here’s why I love Taipei

At lunchtime (we get 1.5 hours) I went to the Taiwan University of Education gym (a short walk away, new, clean, small) and worked out for 35 minutes (40NT), walked 2 blocks across Fuxing to a vegetarian buffet for lunch (80NT), then down Heping to Cama Coffee for a plum vinegar (40NT), and to I-Mei for a soft serve ice cream (20NT – I have to reward myself somehow for all that sweat), and back to the office on Dunhua with 10 minutes to spare (even with waiting for the elevator). Total cost: 180NT (6.16USD at today’s exchange rate)!

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As for me, I will take the road less travelled…