9 a.m. — I dashed across the street to the subway station and headed east to the Sun Yatsen Memorial. Good thing I had taken the trial run the night before!
The museum wasn’t yet open to the public but I convinced the guard let me stick my head in the door and take a photo of the statue of Sun Yatsen.
I paused for 15 minutes on the grounds watching older couples do traditional dancing to beautiful Chinese music.
Returning on the subway, I ran to my room, packed my roll-a-board and grabbed a taxi to the bus stop 6 blocks away in front of the Lai Lai Sheraton. No time to walk.
I had 15 minutes before the bus, hurried into the lobby of the Lai-Lai and purchased a pair of earrings for my wife for Mother’s Day. I only had $80, the manager wanted $90, and I paid her $70 telling her I needed $10 to get home from Taipei.
I had been in Taipei for only 16 hours. What a blast! I arrived at the airport at 12:30; left at 2 p.m., changed planes in San Jose and Dallas and was home at 7 p.m. Sunday to wish my wife “Happy Mother’s Day”!