Day 2 is winding to a close, and in retrospect we did a ton.

We started the day with some breakfast from a couple of food carts down the road. This included a “hot dog inside a hot dog,” which is really a sausage that gets placed in a “bun” that’s really a sausage casing stuffed with rice and cut open to form a nice cozy resting place for the sausage. Delicious.

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We then headed off the the Chiang Kai-sheck Memorial. We didn’t get to see the big statue due to some restoration that was being done, but the rest of the sights were great. Below is a panorama of the main square in the memorial.

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After the memorial, we went to a famous dumpling house called Din Tai Fung, which has actually sprouted a small chain on the west coast. The dumplings lived up to the hype, and we had to call for seconds.

After lunch, Dawin’s brother snagged some freshly roasted chestnuts from a street vendor.

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From there we made our way to Longshan temple. We asked for advice from the gods, and picked up a little good luck by grabbing lucky coins and candy.

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We then headed off to a nearby night market, which was great. It’s an outdoor market that has a little bit of everything, and is only open at night. Want food? They’ve got it. Watches? They’ve got it. Children’s carnival games? They’ve got it. Adult DVDs and toys? Two stalls down from the carnival games. It was a crazy onslaught of noise and lights, punctuated by interesting food. And continuing on yesterday’s theme of squid jerky, we even picked up some fish jerky (yet another thing I didn’t know existed). All in all, a great time. For a sense of the place, check out the short video below.

A few subway hops later, and we’re back home, where the darn jet lag is still kicking all our butts.

On tap for tomorrow: a lunch banquet to celebrate our wedding this summer, and a visit to Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world until the Burj Khalifa passed it two years ago.