Our last day in the South was spent camping out at another elementary school. We found it late at night, no lights worked and we couldn’t find any plugs until the next morning (plug in the bathroom). The school was closed up for the holiday, but it was interesting to see what was left out and to imagine what the school’s like during their regular days.
Another surprise what the bathroom itself. In the back was a shower room with multiple showers and even a washer with some powdered soap across from it on a wooden shelf. There was no hot water and the shower doors either didn’t lock or had no knob, but this was much fancier than what I had even expected for an elementary school.
The school was in a small town with lots of rice fields and other farm areas, which we could appreciate better in the morning.
Leaving the school behind us, we headed toward the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, but first, we passed by tens of stalls selling apples? oranges? no, kilos and kilos of onions.
The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (國立海洋生物博物館) [wiki website] was huge! We arrived right when they opened and there were already hundreds of people there. We grabbed some coffee (pour over, oh so accidentally fancy), and went to the first exhibition area. The first place we went into was the underwater tunnel which apparently is the largest underwater tunnel in Asia at 81-meters… and claustrophobic when filled to the brim with people. It was hot and loud and could only shuffle forward and continuously hit everyone around you. You can see how packed the more popular exhibits were in the penguin exhibit. This was not limited to that exhibit alone. People, people everywhere.
We finished up our trip with a late lunch and got on the road again. Goal: Tainan City, 137km/85miles north. We drove past a few more dinosaurs, hit traffic and finally arrived in the city around sunset. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find anywhere to camp, nor were we looking forward to that option since it’d begun to rain. We looked everywhere for a free room, and for some reason nearly every room seemed to be booked in the entire city! We decided to find a room using airbnb and even those rooms were all booked. We were finally able to find a room through an airbnb/hostel owner who told us we could stay in another property she had that she normally didn’t rent out, but we were desperate and she wanted to help us out, so that’s where we ended up.
We weren’t the only travelers that night looking for a place and the lady had 2 more people in the home. The other 2 travelers were a Mexican guy who was living in China and a Taiwanese guy. They were also road tripping around the country and it seemed as if we’d only missed each other by a day or two in different locations. We all headed out to a bar/cafe that I’d been told about my some other friends and seemed like a fun place to go: Kinks Pub.
I wish we could have stayed there a while longer, but we still had quite a few things to do the next day and after hours and hours walking around and driving, we were ready for a nice warm night’s sleep INSIDE of a building for a change.