Abe has been obsessed with a fruit mentioned in the book he's reading, the Atemoya. When I mentioned trying to find one to our tour guide, she informed me we already one ripening on the bus!
Enjoyed en route from 85 Sky Tower to a nearby Buddhist Monestary. It tastes a lot like a Cheremoya, aka a Custard Apple, and for good reason - they're related!
Speaking of relatives, remember Hsi Lai, the temple I visited in Hacienda Heights shortly after my father's death 3 years ago? Fo Guang Shan are the Big Mama World Headquarters...
...and it's HUGE!
They don't have incense to burn here, but I did say a prayer for my father with this flower, a donation, and the ringing of a bell.
We were there in time to watch 3000 people fill this hall to eat in silence.
We headed to another building on the grounds for lunch as well...
...but I certainly wasn't expecting it to look like a mall - complete with a Starbucks!
This meal at Hi-Lai Vegetarian Restaurant was probably closest to how Abe and I eat at home.
We are vegetarian dumpling freaks. These were perfect.
There were several soups...
...and dishes with fresh bamboo.
Several with fake meat too...
...this was "fish."
I was especially excited for him to finally try my favorite, Zongzi.
And we were both super stoked to see fresh Tofu Hua!
Then we headed back on the bus for another long bus ride - but this time, with karaoke!
For more photos, follow along on social media using the hashtags #LynninTaiwan and #ItsonTaiwan. This trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board. All opinions are on my own.
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