The park has a few hot springs leftover from ancient volcanic activity. According to Uncle the puddles of bubbling hot water are good for one thing alone -boiling eggs!
~ The soup potUncle then drove us to Wulai, one hour south of Taipei for a dip in the famous hot springs. The hot water from volcanic springs is piped to baths in various spa facilities around Wulai township. At the spa, we decided to settle for the communal bath instead of the couples bath as the couples room looked really small. The communal baths are gender segregated. There were three separate pools in each bath - cold, warm and hot along with sauna facilities. After lying around in the hot and cold pools with alternatedips in the jaccuzi, umpteen cups of green tea and some extreme sweating in the sauna we called it a day and relaxed on the deck with cold coffee and freshly baked cookies. The cookies were a revelation - all that a simple cookie can be yet never is. Soft, crumbly and utterly butter-ly delecious.
~ View of the river by the spa
Aunty also got a huge bottle of wine to celebrate. In Taiwan, everything and anything in the liquor department is called wine, as we soon found out. Wine in this case was that ginormous bottle of brandy you see in the picture below. Most eateries it turns out function on a BYOB basis.
So if you are in Taipei and craving Indian food, head to
Dazzle Indian Curry
No.84, Sec. 3, Ren-ai Rd.
Beware! they don't have any Indian desserts though. The manager informed us that most Taiwanese find Indian sweets to be sickly sweet -so there was no gulab jamun for the Boy.
~Clockwise - The Boy, Uncle, Mrs. Wu, Me, Aunt
* that is exactly what the label on the bottle said. The Boy thought some fermentation might have improved on the taste. If not top shelf, the fermented product would ceratinly make a half decent whisky!