Shifen and the wrong Lantern Festival

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One day in Taiwan, already months ago, we did a trip to Shifen, next to Pingxi. I was there before, if you remember? (Read here: Pingxi Hike part 1, part 2 and part 3.)

It was a very unplanned trip, but honestly I didn’t care much. We had a good time together, even though it was dark, rainy and crowded.

DSC_6220DSC_6187DSC_6194One of the things we went there for was to paint a lantern and send it of in the air. We were happy to do this during Lantern Festival, thinking it was the right time of the year.

What S tried to tell me many times (but I still didn’t understand?) was that it was not that Lantern Festival. So we were apparently there and thinking we celebrated Lantern Festival, even if we got everything wrong. As I said, in despite of everything we still had a very good trip.

DSC_6260Lanterns rising up in the rainy sky.

After it got dark painted our own Lantern and send it of. I wrote in my best Chinese, S wrote in his best English and the third friend wrote in German.

DSC_6272Note to ignorant foreigners: The Lantern Festival is not for this kinds of lanterns. Always listen carefully to your local friends.

Girl’s day out

One of the days in India, sis and I went alone to roam around the street, check out some stores, and do whatever girls do when we are on our own. We might also have sneaked into expensive branded stores. And pretended we were there to find our bridal outfits. Anyway. If it happened I would never dare to write about it here.

A’s sis also took me to one of her favorite snack places, with delicious but tongue-burning spicy snacks.

DSC_5959DSC_5961This was one of the best ones we tried: a crispy mixture of puffs, together with creamy sauce, fresh tomato, herbs and lots of chili. I can’t recall the name right now, but it was an explosion of tastes in my mouth. We also ate huge samosas with mint sauce, and a lot of other things, but I was too busy eating to catch any of that on photo.

Sri Krishna Sweets

DSC_5875DSC_5882I did not only fell in love with the Indian food, Indian sweets were totally in my taste too. Well, they are all extremely sweet. But the combination of nuts and spices are just irresistible.

When passing a sweet store (Sri Krishna Sweets) I immediately recognized one of my favorites: the big yellow balls called Laddu. I asked sis to take my wallet and buy some for us to take home. While she was queuing up I took some photos of the small stall.

Then the most funny thing happened: all the workers were posing for my photos, and they all tried to stand tall so they would be visible over the very high desk. “I was waiting and waiting” sis complained afterwards. “But it didn’t matter what any of us costumers said. As long as you help up the camera noone wanted to move and miss out of the chance of being in your photo!” After some wait we finally got our sweets, and we could return home with our extra evening snack.