March 19 2016
The Upside Down House
Today we decided to explore Taipei by taking a 30 minute metro ride down to the Huashan Creative Park located in the Zhongzheng District. Once a tobacco factory, this renovated warehouse complex is in the middle of some pretty prime real estate. Instead of demolishing this piece of history, the city of Taipei used this empty space to put a museum and install a relatively large scale art project, the upside down house. This unique piece of "modern and contemporary art" is a traditional American house with a porch and all. When you enter by the "back door" situated on the second floor, you instantly feel that something is different, very different. While navigating through the occasional lighting surging from the floor, you notice a dining table hanging from the wooden ceiling. Then after waiting for your turn to take pictures, you continue into the garage where a Toyota Camry is hanging from the ceiling. But where I took the best picture was in the bathroom where I stood upside down with one hand on the edge of the bathtub! That was my first time and will be my last time doing a handstand on one hand!
After leaving the over-touristed house since the CNN and BBC coverage, we went to a nearby shaved mango ice cream shop which was perfect for a warm day. They take a large block of mango ice and slowly shave it into a bowl where fresh mangoes and a scoop of mango sorbet are added on top. Dont forget the mango flavored marshmallows!
All in all, i really enjoy Taipei for many reasons but what excites me most is the possibility of going almost anywhere in the city with just a short trip with the clean and inexpensive metro, the MRT.