Friday, January 22, 2010

The Hot springs

So Jon, Julia and I went to this hot spring place. We assumed that they would have communal hotspring pools...well, we weren't exactly wrong, they did have communal pools (about 5 of them). For some reason, they were all drained and looked like they had been out of use for quite some time. Anyway, backing up, prior to seeing the pools, the staff (which spoke not one word of English) would not let us look at the hot spring area until we paid.

I automatically had a bad feeling about this because we have had a few run ins where we got something totally different than what we expected after we had paid. Anyway, after using hand motions and speaking broken Chinese we eventually realized that they were not going to let us see the hot springs, but we could use the hot springs for $300 NT each (equals roughly about $9 US). We were sort of cold and hot springs sounded amazing, so we just went for it.

To our surprise, what we found was a small room with this bathtub in it. We all got some really good laughs, then didn't waste any time. We turned on the hot spring tap and were completely disapointed by how slow the water came out. It took 45 minutes to fill the tub (with some cold water pouring in as well), after about 5 minutes, we decided to get in and just wait for the water to rise around us...good thing we did that or we would have been waiting for a while. I was a little dissapointed because I just spent $300 NT and had to share a bathtub with two other people...but you know, it's a memory I will have for the rest of my life and something I will be sure to look back on and laugh, in fact, I am laughing now.

This was a beautiful area just outside of the hot spring resort. We were looking to see if we could find any fish in the river. We are thinking about coming back when they open the hot spring pools, staying the night and fishing if the fish are big enough.

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