Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 2 Kaohsiung-Tainan

After 21 hours of travel we have finally made it. The plane trip was exhausting but we all seemed to fare quite well.

Well, most of us.

Grant recuperating after the long flight.

Our hotel

The lobby

Kaohsiung is the second biggest city in Taiwan (1.5 million people). This morning we have already made 3 costume changes before 10 am. Each time wearing a little less clothing as the temperature increased.

David, our choir president, came to the airport and gave each of us a Canada scarf for this tour!!! We love you and appreciate everything you do (although in this weather speedos may have been more appropriate)...(for some)

The city of Kaohsiung gave us a great bus tour of the city in the morning and we got to see some amazing places. Our tour guides Oscar and Angela were so nice and hospitable. Highlights included: the main stadium for the 2009 World games, the temple and pagoda of the tiger and dragon, and the former consulate of the British embassy, which have some of the best views of Kaohsiung.

Our tour guide Angela (middle) with Sopranos: Emily (left) and Caitlin (right)

Lorraine and Caitlin with our other guide Oscar.

My alto girls Jenny, Marla, and Dolores. Where is Fabi?

There she is! Who would have known she would find love the first day?

The Tiger and Dragon Pagoda

Larry and Marla

I climbed to the top! Huff huff

The old British consulate.

Amazing views of the city.

Grace and the university in the background

Lorraine purchased a massage "torture" device. Have fun, Cliff, when she gets home.

The city then treated us to one amazing lunch at a seafood restaurant. We took a ferry across the harbour to get there.

Caitlin, Grace, John Trotter and Jon Washburn on the ferry.

How romantic.

So good!!!

As if this day couldn't get any better, the city then took us to a DIY craft store where we made driftwood sculptures. I didn't realize it was going to be a competition or else I would have tapped into my deep artistic well.

Mark is hard at work

Lorraine seems inspired.

Everyone showing their creations

And Alicia is the winner. Her pig won the big prize!!!

We are now on the bus to Tainan, the old capital of Taiwan. Thank you so much to the City of Kaohsiung for making our first day so enjoyable!

The choir under a Banyan tree.
Stay tuned for more!


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