Thursday, September 9, 2010

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!!!

Wow, what a day for our last day in Taitung!! We were supposed to leave by plane to fly up to Taipei, but wouldn't you know it...a tropical storm blew in that was upgraded to a typhoon! We were down to the wire as to whether or not we were going to be able to fly or had to take a train. We finally decided that we couldn't risk it and took the train. We got to the train station with about 15 min. to spare!

The train ride was NOT ideal with our Teething Timebomb Tiger!! I think it was a 5 1/2 hour train ride, but ended up being closer to 6. Needless to say, Abi did not really enjoy herself, which in turn, made Mommy and Daddy not enjoy themselves either! I think it's safe to say that we were both (well, all 3!!) quite frazzled by the time we made it to Taipei! I do have to say, if it had been a clear day out, the scenery was amazing! This is truly a beautiful country!!

After the always exciting taxi ride in downtown Taipei (it's amazing more people on scooters aren't run right over! Also amazes me that it seems like most foreign cities love to make 3 lanes out of 2!!) to our hotel, we find when we go to check in that our credit card has had a hold put on it. Seriously NOT a good time to mess with me by this point!!! I had called our credit card company the day before we left so we wouldn't have a problem. Turns out, the last hotel had entered the wrong security code and Visa put a fraud alert on our cards. We called visa right there from the desk and got it taken care of. Evidently, today there is still a problem (not with the hotel trying to use, but with something else we tried to use it on) so when Abi wakes up, we will be on the phone with visa again! So annoying! Lance uses it ALL over the world, why would we have a problem now? Probably don't have to answer that for me...I already know! LOL!!

This morning we had our AIT appointment. It went very well. We were in and out of the building in about 1 hour 15 min. Abi's passport/visa will be done today and delivered to our hotel this afternoon for us. Nice to have the last thing taken care of and done!!!

We have 3 full days left in Taipei before we leave on Tuesday. One thing we have to do is visit the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. I have a picture of my grandparents in front of it when they visited Taiwan many years ago (they are both gone now). I would love to have a picture of us in front of it as well. I think it'd be pretty special!

Here's to more exciting adventures the Gustafson's can find! :-)

1 comment:

  1. wow - you've had quite the day! Glad you got to Taipei, even though it was a crazy process. This is your "fun" story like our story of taking the wrong suitcase to Taitung! Glad your AIT appt. went so well! Hope you have a blessed weekend in Taipei!