Day four was mostly a travel day, so we woke up early to check out of the hotel. Well, more like my Chinese-fluent friends checked out of the hotel while I tried to turn in my overdue CMU housing application via iPad. After that we lugged our suitcases over to the subway, avoiding the morning onslaught of motorcycles. By the way, have I mentioned that pretty much everyone in Taipei gets around by motorcycle? It’s incredible!
We took the subway to the train station for a two hour train ride, and when we arrived in Kenting we rode the bus for another two hours to our beach resort. Despite the ridiculous beach rules, it was ridiculously beautiful.
By the time we got there, it was about four in the afternoon. We basked in the glory of our amazing room for a little while and then decided to hit the beach. We were distressed to find out that we had to stay in the cordoned off area, wear paper bracelets and sign a liability contract if we wanted to go into the water without a life vest. Major bummer. And on top of that, we could only be in the water for about thirty minutes because the beach closed at six. So we settled for a super mature water fight.
That night the four of us who had gone up the mountain went crabbing! It was pretty fantastic, not because two tan shirtless lifeguards led the expedition, but because we got to learn all about the tracks that different crabs make on the sand and how to find them. For example, hermit crabs leave two lines of dotty spiderleg tracks with a thick solid line in the middle because of their dragging shells. Sand crabs leave circular mounds outside their temporary sand holes because the spray from digging warns off rival males. There are two types of sand crabs. The bigger one is more aggressive, the smaller one is faster, and they often fight if they encounter one another. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and we did find several crabs.
That night we went to the recreation room to play ping pong and pool, which was a lot of fun despite the fact that most of us had no skill in either.
Photos taken by my awesome friends.