Did that today. Didn’t go to the temple, but took the MRT up and checked out Guandu Nature Preserve. Found it somewhat disappointing. It’s a little small, surrounded by urban noise, sights and pollution, but I definitely give them a big for the effort. There’s a trail looping around, with various signs explaining the birds, fish, frogs and other wildlife; several huts and other good viewing spots for birding, with huge, high power binoculars available for free at a few spots; an indoor (ie, air conditioned, thank god) visitor center with some decent educational displays. I suspect they’re making efforts or have already succeeded in protecting environmentally valuable wetlands from becoming condos and parking lots and educating a fair number of people regarding the importance of doing so, which is good. And, it was a pleasant diversion from the daily routine. So, the place is hardly stunning or spectacular, but we enjoyed it.
Then took the MRT 3 more stops to Damshui to try Eddie’s Cantina, the Mexican place that people have raved about on forumosa. Also very glad we tried that, but as with the Nature Preserve they get more credit for effort than results. Extremely nice staff. Decent food, but definitely not outstanding. Admittedly, as a native Californian I’m spoiled and eat loads of great Mexican food back home. Eddies’ chimichanga was too heavy on the rice and beans. The nacho appetizer was ok, but one doesn’t get enough salsa. And they lack good authentic salsa with chunks of tomatoes, onions, cilantro. They also lack good guac and don’t use enough cheese. But, the staff are terrific and by Taiwan standards the food was pretty good and authentic.
Incidentally, we’re looking forward to our next MRT adventure tomorrow or the day after, down to Bitan to go exploring, enjoy good food and of course the Bitan Music Festival, going on this weekend.