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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

making a scene at the cold springs

During the summer, one of our favorite things to do is scoot to a small mountain village called Beipu. Why? For its cold springs of course! Summer in Taiwan is hot and humid. The cold, blue waters of Beipu are cool and refreshing.

Our favorite cold springs is not the official cold spring that people are allowed to swim in. Instead, ours has this sign as a greeting:
However, it has never stopped us or locals from enjoying a dip in the river. Last Monday, we decided to head up to the cold springs when our nanny was on duty. It was our friend's last day in Taiwan before moving back to America, so we thought it would be a perfect way to spend the day.

It also turned out to be the most stereotypical Taiwanese day we could ever hope to experience. 

We got to the cold spring after a 30 minute scoot only to find whole families camped out with grills, tables, and enough Taiwan Beer to last for a month (or, for them, the afternoon). Kids were splashing around the cold spring with their floaty toys and squirt guns. And so were the adults. Three people asked if they could get their picture taken with us because, hey, how often do waiguorens (foreigners) appear in small Taiwanese villages and their cold springs? 

We had a good laugh and then scooted home pretty dang sunburned. 

Taiwan, you may be a little rough around the edges, but somehow, that only makes you more enchanting. 
Thanks for letting me borrow your pictures Brittany! 

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