Second Trip To Yi Lan Pt. 2

My favorite part about my second trip to Yi Lan was going to the ocean. Yi Lan is on the East coast of Taiwan, and is about a one hour drive away from Taipei.

At the beach, the waves were the largest I think I’ve ever seen in person. I tried to take some action shots with my iPhone, but iPhones only specialize in close-up photos.

The sand at this beach was more like black pebbles and less like the brown thin sand that we have in America. There are lots of pieces of driftwood and beautiful stones on the beach.

At the base of the wave in the picture below, you can see a black semi-circle. That is a flat rock that is being lifted up from the beach by the wave. When the waves come in really hard, you can see rocks flip up into the air like small fish.


 

Unfortunately, the beautiful sea turned into a scary scene the next day.

We’d just picked up a Vietnamese study abroad college student from the Yi Lan train station so we took her to the beach again because it’s a must-see location. The sky was getting dark and the wind was picking up because of a typhoon that was traveling North along Taiwan’s East coast and heading for Japan. Rain drops occasionally dropped down but then went away.

I snapped this photo of the sunset (but it is cloudy so you can’t see the sun).

The waves look small but if you look at the bunch of trash rags on the ground in the bottom right area of the photo, that bunch of rags was about the length of a human. So the waves are the height of an adult or higher. They look pretty close because they are extremely large waves, but they are actually far away.

I took the photo right after arriving at the beach. I walked through a wall of people who were lined on the edge of the sand, looking out into the waves and took the photo. The family friend that I was with overheard some people in the crowd who were speaking Taiwanese (which I can’t understand) and I was told that the undertow of the waves had pulled in a 60+ year old woman.

We all sat down on a hill overlooking the waves and watched as emergency workers arrived at the scene and had nothing to do but walk up and down the beach. The waves were too dangerous to do anything. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must’ve been for the family members of the old woman. It was very horrifying to look at the waves and imagine the body of the woman within the grey tumult. We left when it got too dark.

Just a day before, we were walking along the steep shores and letting the waves touch our feet, and today the same waves killed somebody.

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Second Trip To Yi Lan Pt. 1

The first time I went to Yi Lan was the day after I arrived in Taiwan. Last weekend, I went there for the second time, this time with family friends instead of my host mother. Last weekend was a three day weekend because of 10/10, 雙十節, double-ten day, Taiwan’s Independence Day.

The family friends had an apartment in Yi Lan. It’s supposed to be a retreat location so there is no Wifi or TV in the apartment. To pass the very small amounts time between activities in the apartment, we played card games and read books.

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The red apartment in the distance looks like a castle overlooking a moat. The green pasture in most of the photo is actually a floating carpet of water lilly-type plants on top of a lake.

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I later learned that this plant is called Heat Seed, which makes a ton of sense.

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Started off the second day of the weekend with breakfast in a bag. From the top, going clockwise: Sunny side up(荷包蛋), pork bun(豬肉包), and veggie dumpling(素餃子).

Eating out of a bag isn’t that uncommon in Taiwan. In night markets I’ve seen Indian chai poured into black bags and tied at the top around a straw.

My favorite part of this trip to Yi Lan was going to the beach.