Approaching Ximending where there are lots of cinemas. Definitely the most alternative place in Taiwan we've seen. There was even a little vintage Brit pop shop kitted out with lots of Clash memorabilia. Ximen's one of my favourite places.
My Christmas flowers from Ben
Our christmas plant, dead at this point because of our humid room, with our christmas packages!
About to see the Van Gogh exhibition. We left after 5 minutes because of the Taiwanese crowds. We couldn't believe they would let so many people in - you couldn't see anything, but they don't seem to care. We left and went back before it closed which was a good decision.
Brant's roof after the fireworks. We've learnt now that if something's recommended in Taiwan it doesn't mean it's good. These were meant to be the best fireworks Taiwan had ever had, but they lasted two minutes and there wasn't really anything creative about the display. When I mentioned this anti-climax to a couple of Taiwanese friends they replied with 'but it's so expensive. They spent millions on the display'. If you're going to spend millions, and more to the point, if millions of people are going to be watching (which they were), you'd make it good. But despite this it was a nice night and it was just good doing stuff with Brant.