Guests: Cat & Matt

– by Pickles

Our friends Cat and Matt came to visit us for a long weekend in Taiwan.  Cat was traveling for business and Matt decided to visit to see what this whole “Asia” thing is all about.  Matt arrived in Taichung on Thursday night.  Since Friday was a work day for Cat and Scott, Matt and Sarah decided to have a day of pampering.

No better way to beat jet lag than exercising at the park and drinking a bubble tea.
No better way to beat jet lag than exercising at the park while drinking a bubble tea.
After exercise, it is important to relax and get a foot massage.
After exercise, it is important to relax and get a foot massage.
This feels right
This feels right

 

Saturday Cat arrived and we met up in the big City of Taipei for a night of big city fun and to celebrate Sarah’s birthday.

Scott and Sarah see Paul Taylor Dance Troup
Scott and Sarah see Paul Taylor Dance Troupe
While Cat and Matt experience Taipei 101
While Cat and Matt experience Taipei 101

Back in Taichung, our guests enjoyed the slipper culture of Asia so much that they packed their luggage full of slippers for their own home.

Our glamorous guest
Our glamorous guest and our complementary house slippers

One of the things you must experience in Taiwan is the markets.  We borrowed U-bikes and hit the town.

Day markets and Tea!
Day markets and bubble tea!
Night Markets with food on sticks!
Night Markets with food on sticks!

On Monday it was time to explore the country side, visit a tea farm and get out on a hike.

Fields of Oolong
So this is where tea comes from.  Fields of Oolong

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Tea and Friends
Tea and friends

After getting properly caffeinated, we headed out on a hike, deep in the woods, to a suspension bridge.

Doing down to the bridge. We will have to hike back up...
Hiking down is the easy part. We will have to hike back up…
Our destination is this suspension bridge
Our destination is this suspension bridge set between two mountains
Great place for a selfie
Great place for a selfie
This is far end and our turn around point. Time to start the steep hike back up.
This is the far end of the bridge and our turn around point. Time to start the steep hike back up.

 

After the hike everyone needs a foot massage
After the hike everyone needs a foot massage
For our evening entertainment – MAGIC!
For our evening entertainment - MAGIC!
No one expected this!! Not shown: her assistant in a poncho

 

You can't leave Taiwan with out a Japanese donut.
You can’t leave Taiwan with out a Japanese donut.

 

Thanks for coming out to visit Cat and Matt!

A post script to this post is that Cat and Matt turned us in to baseball fans!  Catherine is a huge Cleveland Indians fan while Matt roots for the Cubs.  They were here as both of their teams made it to the Word Series 2016.  Cat and Matt were able to secure tickets to game 5.  Sarah and I were glued to the radio during game 7 when the Cubs got the win in the 10th inning to beat the Indians 8 to 7.  SPORTS!

 

2 thoughts on “Guests: Cat & Matt

  1. I love this posting!!!! It is almost as great as the trip itself!
    And if I can say so, the magic night may have topped them all….. no giving away your magician secrets!

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