Sunday, New Year’s Day, was a very pleasant sunny day. Don and I, Donnie and Mike went for another ride into Putzu. We thought this time we would park the car before we got into the traffic jam like the other night and then walk into the market area. We were pleasantly surprised that there was very little traffic, so Don continued on. Too far…suddenly from nowhere, there were the same cars, trucks, bicycles, carts, and pedestrians as there were Fri. night. Luckily, someone was pulling out of a “parking” spot and Don was able to pull right in behind him.
|The fish monger at the market.|
|The happy chicken butcher; very common for Taiwanese to flash the "peace" sign when having their picture taken.|
|The jewelry maker at the market|
|The vegetable sellers outside the market|
We left the market and bought fruit at a much nicer fruit stand down the block in a better shopping area. All the fruit was washed and displayed by its kind in rows with individual bags to put them in like any grocery store. We bought bananas, apples, grapes and pears.
Not to worry, there’s always McDonald’s. As we got out of the car we saw people flying kites in the field across the street. We went in and ordered, and then watched these fabulous kites through the window at McDonald’s as we ate. They were so fascinating that we walked over to the field when we were done eating and watched the kite masters fly these monstrous colorful kites. It reminded me of pictures of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.
There were 2 giant pandas, several different sized octopus, a bird with a wing span of at least 9 feet, a few that had tails that were a city block long, a giant squid, a huge wind sock type that twirled like a cement truck tumbler, and a humongous circle that had to have had a thousand strings attaching it’s rim to the single line of string . The rigs they had for the string were like bicycle tire rims.