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Dinner. ? Unknown. Elephant Park restaurant 象園餐廳

Shihding Township 石碇鄉, Taiwan

2007-07-16 17:52. BA Dinner place, roughly translates as Elephant Park Restaurant, had a green elephant logo. 象園餐廳

2007-07-16 18:36. BL

Unsure about the exact location but the restaurant's website lists Taipei county restaurant as being in Shihding

象園餐廳 台北石碇

台北 石碇鄉
ShihDing Township., Taipei County


This restaurant was between Yingge event earlier and Taipei 101 later. Before arriving here we went through tunnels, one called Xue3 San tunnel, guides said it was 2600 m long.

permalink written by  monex on July 16, 2007 from Shihding Township 石碇鄉, Taiwan
from the travel blog: 2007 Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan 5th Study Tour (2007海外青年台灣觀摩團第5梯次)
tagged Restaurant, Taipei, Elephant, Dinner and Squid

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Dinner. ? unknown restaurant at Treasure Island Shopping Mall 金銀島購物中心

Treasure Island Shopping Mall 金銀島購物中心, Taiwan

2007-07-25 18:25. BA unknown restaurant for dinner

2007-07-25 18:57. BW

This restaurant was either part of or right outside the area called the Treasure Island Shopping Mall 金銀島購物中心 - looked more like a theme park than a shopping mall from the outside.

permalink written by  monex on July 25, 2007 from Treasure Island Shopping Mall 金銀島購物中心, Taiwan
from the travel blog: 2007 Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan 5th Study Tour (2007海外青年台灣觀摩團第5梯次)
tagged Kaohsiung, Dinner and TreasureIslandShoppingMall

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Hsingda Harbor Lover's Wharf 興達港 情人碼頭 for sunset and dinner

Hsingda Harbor Lover's Wharf 興達港 情人碼頭, Taiwan

2007-07-26 18:27. BA Hsingda Harbor Lover's Wharf 興達港 情人碼頭 for sunset and dinner on the boardwalk.

2007-07-26 19:50. BL.

permalink written by  monex on July 26, 2007 from Hsingda Harbor Lover's Wharf 興達港 情人碼頭, Taiwan
from the travel blog: 2007 Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan 5th Study Tour (2007海外青年台灣觀摩團第5梯次)
tagged Dinner and HsingdaHarborLoverSWharf

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Errand, Ciaotou Former Sugar Factory, dirt-mound BBQ dinner

Kaohsiung Sugar Industry Culture Park Area 高雄糖業文化園區, Taiwan

2007-07-27 13:57. While everyone else went to the buses to Ciaotou, I went on an errand that was not part of the official tour. Staff member Cash drove me first to Kaohsiung City, to receive my medical insurance reimbursement which was ready.

2007-07-27 14:38. We drove through Kaohsiung City 高雄市 streets, looking for the AIG Insurance building to sign off and receive cheque.

2007-07-27 14:54. Inside the bank which printed the cheque, only a few blocks away.

2007-07-27 15:00. Finished exchanging cheque for cash after presenting my passport and signature.

2007-07-27 15:42. in Kaohsiung City, High Speed Rail Zuoying Station 高鐵左營站, helped Cash buy tickets at the ticket machines for some of the students who would take the HSR home.

2007-07-27 16:24. Back to the official tour. Cash parked the car at the Kaohsiung Sugar Industry Culture Park Area 高雄糖業文化園區, and used the two-way radio to figure out how to rejoin the rest of the tour group.

2007-07-27 17:07. Park tour guides brought us to [高雄] 橋頭糖廠博物館, a small building with exhibits and a film about the historic sugar industry.

2007-07-27 17:35. Getting on the 50-percent-width train for a ride through the park back to the dinner area.

2007-07-27 17:57. BingGe demonstrated how to carefully dig our dinners out of our dirt mounds. While I was away on my Kaohsiung City errand, everyone else here had placed aluminum and newspaper-wrapped chicken, corn, yam, and eggs into their team’s designated pit in the dirt area right beside the tables. I think the next step was they started fires in each pit, then covered it, creating dirt mounds. This was left alone to slowly cook for a few hours so that it would be ready by the time we came back after touring the park.

2007-07-27 18:11. Helping our team dig out, then unwrap the food from the newspaper and alumninum foil. Food was ready if the yam, which takes the longest, was ready. Corn was delicious and easy, chicken was delicious but difficult to manage with only hands and napkins, no knives or forks were available. This buried cooking method supposedly preserves the flavour but I didn’t notice the difference. Yam and eggs weren’t so great because the majority of them from our mound were damaged and dirty from digging. The park did not have lights, so towards the end after sunset so we would have eaten dinner in total darkness had it not been for someone with one of those compact crank-powered lights. We just ate in near-darkness.

2007-07-27 19:05. Done eating dinner.

2007-07-27 19:22. In the parking lot, members of bus B present a gift they made to their bus driver. This was the last day that we would see our bus drivers, who have been with us these past 3 weeks.

2007-07-27 19:37. BL

Kaohsiung Sugar Industry Cultural Park Area

Scrap metal art sculptures, an ice treats shop, former trains

Ciaotou Sugar Refinery (historic)

[高雄] 橋頭糖廠博物館
A sugar industry museum

The small 50 percent width train.

Ciaotou Township, Kaohsiung County

Anaerobic dirt-mound "BBQ" dinner.

Tip 1: With the buried cooking method, dig as an archaeologist would, gently brushing dirt aside, preferably before hunger creeps in and causes fast but careless digging.

Tip 2: Get a compact crank-powered light.

Other: Found a helpful map major Taiwan attractions http://map.travelog.com.tw/googlemap/

permalink written by  monex on July 27, 2007 from Kaohsiung Sugar Industry Culture Park Area 高雄糖業文化園區, Taiwan
from the travel blog: 2007 Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan 5th Study Tour (2007海外青年台灣觀摩團第5梯次)
tagged Dinner, DirtMound, BBQ, SugarPark and Ciaotou

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Dinner. ? Unknown. Restaurant in Hualien City

Hua-lien, Taiwan

2007-07-12 18:29. BA unknown restaurant in Hualien City

2007-07-12 19:04. BW

We were somewhere in Hualien City beside the loud airport, and when leaving the restaurant our bus drove past National Hualien University of Education 國立花蓮教育大學 which is in Hualien City.

permalink written by  monex on July 12, 2007 from Hua-lien, Taiwan
from the travel blog: 2007 Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan 5th Study Tour (2007海外青年台灣觀摩團第5梯次)
tagged Restaurant, HuaLien and Dinner

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classes, harps, and snow oh my!

Bangor, United Kingdom

It snowed today! This next week is supposed to be the most snowfall in Bangor in the past forty-five years...I'm pretty excited (I never ever see snow in February!).
Today is also the start of my second week of classes, so maybe I'll be able to make sense of Practical Music Technology and start playing with recording this week. Also I've been reading for the History of Punk Rock and the theories behind the movement are really interesting. Apparently the reason punk was so huge and raw in the UK was on account of a recession in the economy giving teenagers little or no chance of employment. Punk Rock provided an outlet for shocking the public into remembering how futile their values and futures were. Kinda depressing. This, and too much leisure time, is why punk rock fashion is so intense, according to Peter Wicke in his book "Rock Music: Culture, Aesthetics, and Sociology."
Our professor brought a sword to my Intro to Medieval Literature class and then proceeded to rant about how Beowulf was such a masterpiece, so I'm going to love that class. Arthurian Literature is equally fun--I started T.H. White's "The Once and Future King" and have been enjoying it. I hope I enjoy Malory as much...

On Saturday I had a truly Welsh cultural experience! I went to a traditional Welsh music workshop to meet harpists (and play!) and as soon as I walked in I realized that not only was I the only American there, I was one of the very very few who did not speak Welsh. Thus, all of the group announcements were in Welsh, and the performances at the end of the day were entirely explained in Welsh, so I had no idea what was going on for about half of the day. Fortunately the harp lessons were in English.
The harp instructor, Elin, is Welsh and plays the triple strung harp. She has played for Bill Clinton! She doesn't really read music and teaches by ear like all traditional Celtic instructors. She explained that she prefers learning and teaching by ear because notes and meter are too restrictive, and you should be improvising and embellishing as with tradition anyway. She also let me play on her triple harp (this is super exciting!) and it is kind of like staring at an M. C. Escher drawing without your glasses on. Her harp, particularly, was difficult, as some of the coloring on the C and F strings had totally faded so most of the strings were white, and in the middle C octave for the right hand both the G and the F were black strings (usually only the F strings are black) so it was extremely difficult to differentiate the notes! She said she just doesn't look at the strings anymore. I wish I had that luxury! (I expect that all of you understood that rant after my extensive (unasked for) tutelage of harp construction!)
So...with every different kind of harp there are new tools you suddenly have at your disposal. With a lever harp you can easily have only one accidental, say in the upper octave, and immediately play a chord without that accidental. With the pedal harp chromaticism is much much easier, and you can do cool things like pedal slides and glissandos. With triple strung harps you have three rows of strings: on either side the rows are exactly the same diatonic collection, while the middle row contains the chromatic notes (like the black keys on a piano).
Here is a picture! http://www.marytriola.com/pics/TripleStrings.jpg
This means that you can play the same diatonic thing at the same time in the same range. Or you can do this really cool echo-y thing by playing the notes of a melody in your right hand, and playing the same notes in the same octave with your left hand but slightly off beat. AWESOME.

My flat started a really cool tradition last Sunday. Georgina, who was here last semester and actually knows what is going on, cooked us traditional English hot pot and ginger snaps, which were amazing. We decided to make Sunday nights Cultural Dinner night, and we would take turns cooking! Last night Freddy, who was born in Ecuador but moved to Chicago in middle school, couldn't decide between Ecuadorian food or American food, but ran out of time so he cooked pasta with two different sauces and made broccoli, and served fruit salad and chocolate cake for desert (his cooking was super fancy and we're a little worried that he raised the bar too high!). Next week we're going to have German currywurst (?) which should be fun.


permalink written by  outlawedwings on February 2, 2009 from Bangor, United Kingdom
from the travel blog: triple_strung_heart
tagged Dinner, TripleStrungHarps, WelshMusic and PunkRock

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Digesting is so over-rated...

Beijing, China

Since I've been eating again, post fever-induced forced fast, I'm tired. Digesting is hard work!

[And it's time for dinner...]

permalink written by  prrrrl on March 20, 2012 from Beijing, China
from the travel blog: Beijing 2012 II
tagged Food, Dinner, FAST, Fever and Digesting

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