As mentioned in the last entry, Sarah and I were reunited outside Hualien train station.
Hualien is roughly 1/3 of the way down Taiwan’s east coast, and is best known as the gateway city to the Taroko Gorge, whose geological wonders we planned to spend a day or two exploring.
The evening of my arrival we headed straight to our hotel (not difficult as it was pretty much across the street from the station) and went out for a big post tramp dinner. We found it at one of the buffet style restaurants we’d grown so fond of. The food at this one looked good, and they had big bowls of the soy-chili mixture to add to your food. Shockingly I actually managed to overdo it on the chilis. They like them hot on the east coast apparently. After the application of sauce, my rice was so spicy that I had to ask Sarah to run out and grab a bubble tea to drink, and order another bowl of rice in order to dilute the heat, lest I leave a big pile of chilis at the bottom of the bowl (which would, of course, have been embarrassing and desperately wounded my pride.)
The restaurant we had dinner at in Hualien. Look closely. True, having a pig in the restaurant probably wouldn’t measure up to most western food safety regulations, but at least in a buffet restaurant you could be reasonably confident that they were making good use of food scraps and not simply recycling them