After a delicious meal, it was time to burn off some calories. What none of us had expected, was that this 'walk' would turn out to be such a long walk. And because none of us knew where the path would lead to, the walk seemed interminable. Thank goodness all three of us were fit enough to complete the walk, and get back to the starting point.
- Dec 30 Fri 2011 13:28
- Dec 28 Wed 2011 11:26
午餐時間到了！在英國啊，最簡單的用餐方式，除了去個三明治店（咦！？這裡每間店都是「三明治店」啊！）或是一般的外帶店買個fish and chips還是kebab之外，就是去pub用餐了！好的pub其實賣的食物也可以很好吃。不要再跟我說英國食物難吃了！雖然地雷多，英國人自己也承認自己的食物不怎麼樣，但還是有很好吃的食物的！但是今天我們沒有要去pub用餐喔！（莊孝維...）
Time for lunch! In the UK, the most convenient way of dealing with meals is either to go to a sandwich shop (oh, wait, all shops here are 'Sandwich shops'...) or a take away for a kebab of fish and chips. But there are also the pubs. Decent pubs often serve quite amazing meals. Do not complain any more about how crappy English food is. Although there are more disastrous foods than there are delicious foods, and the English themselves admit to their lack of cooking culture, there are still quite a lot of delicious meals out there to discover! But we did not dine at a pub on this day!
- Dec 26 Mon 2011 11:08
- Dec 24 Sat 2011 23:15
Merry Christmas. I have a little present for all of you. This is a collection of Christmassy photos I have taken over the month. Although I didn't get to take as many as I anticipated, this will have to do. I hope you enjoy looking through these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.
- Dec 21 Wed 2011 17:08
Ham and Sandwich are both names of places in the UK. The picture above is a coaster with a picture of a road sign that used to stand somewhere. It had to be taken down because too many tourists were stopping just to take a photo of it, to the point where traffic was badly affected. So thanks to these tourists, we can now only see the road sign on postcards and coasters...
Ham 跟 Sandwich都是英國的地名。上圖中看到的圖片有個杯墊。杯墊中的照片是以前站立於某個地方的路牌。那個路牌現在已經被拆掉了。原因呢就是因為太多旅客來到這為了拍下這個有趣的路牌，停在路旁嚴重影響交通，後來就被拆除了。所以拜他們所賜，我們現在只能在明信片或是杯墊上看到這個路牌了！
- Dec 19 Mon 2011 11:17
I don't know what to call this meal... Breakfast? Brunch? Or lunch? It was one of those weekends when you just can't help but procrastinate until you realise if you procrastinate any longer, you're going to miss the entire day... So even though my friend and I have made plans for the day, we did not set off until well after noon. We managed to skip breakfast, and brunch, and lunch... Until it was past lunch hour, but not yet afternoon tea time. So in order to get the day started, we came to this place, which was not far from us. We didn't realise that this one meal would last us the entire day. I guess it was money well spent.
- Dec 16 Fri 2011 09:52
If you come to Taiwan, you simply cannot miss out on the night markets. There are so many night markets in Taiwan. Many of the stalls are similar, yet it is difficult to get bored, because there are still major differences among them. Shilin Night Market is probably one of the most famous Taiwan night markets. The reason why it's famous is because of its large scale. Personally, Shilin is not my favourite. Because of its grand scale, no matter when you go, it is always bombarded with crowds of locals and tourists. It is also a bit far from where I live. But nonetheless, I cannot deny the fact that it is quite a night market, and no tourist can say they have been to Taiwan, without visiting this night market.
- Dec 14 Wed 2011 10:35
大家都知道英國大文豪莎士比亞。即使你對英國文化不了解，從來沒讀過英國的文學，或甚至連英文都不是你的好朋友，你都一定有聽過莎士比亞。但是如果沒有接觸過英國文學，甚至連念英美文學長大的人都比較少接觸到莎士比亞同時期的競爭對手 - Christopher Marlowe。其實他是寫"Doctor Faustus"「浮士德」的作者。而且要不是年紀輕輕在酒吧遇害，很多學者認為他未來的發展應該是可以比莎士比亞還要優秀的。因此也有很多傳說產生。許多文學作品也繞著這個傳說，編寫出他為什麼會遇害。電影「莎翁情史」裡有一個片段就是莎士比亞與Marlowe在酒吧遇到，Marlowe還指點了莎士比亞，給他一點寫作的方向。其實他的故事挺有趣的，作品也跟莎士比亞是不相上下的。有興趣者可以去Wiki一下，或甚至找一下浮士德的中譯本（注意，不是歌德的版本喔！歌德寫的是小說，Marlowe寫的是劇本）來讀看看。
Everyone knows Shakespeare. Even if you are unfamiliar with English culture, or have never approached English literature, even those who have not yet befriended the English language, would surely have heard of Shakespeare at some point. However, if you have not had contact with English literature, well, even those who are native English speakers, only get to know Marlowe on rare occassions. Christopher Marlowe is the playwright who wrote 'Doctor Faustus', not to be confused with Goethe's 'Faustus'. Scholars believe that if he had not been murdered at an early age, he had the potential to become even more than what Shakespeare had become. Because of this, many myths and legends were born. Writings of fiction and nonfiction surrounds the plot of why he had been murdered, and who the plotters were. In the film 'Shakespeare in Love', there is also a scene where the lost Shakespeare found Marlowe at a pub, and Marlowe gave him a few pointers as to how to go about with his next play. His story is intriguing, and his works are not incomparable to Shakespeare's. I recommend those who are interested to at least Wiki him, or even find a modern edition of 'Doctor Faustus' to read.
- Dec 12 Mon 2011 09:41
After walking around for the entire day, your feet gets tired, more or less. And of course, your tummy would also take the chance to protest as well. Well, what to do then? I don't really understand people's complaints about how terrible English food is. I rather enjoy it! Might be just me... Anyway, the point I'm trying to make here, is that if you happen to like English breakfast, there are a plethora of pubs and cafes that offer 'all day breakfast'... Can it still be 'breakfast', when you're having it in the afternoon? Cuz if my memory serves me right, this took place at around 3pm!
- Dec 08 Thu 2011 14:09
When I posted the first article on Canterbury Cathedral in December, 2010, I had already been there a second time. These two visits were very different, though. I was on my own the fist time, so I took all the time I needed to steep myself in the cathedral atmosphere. The second time round, other than enjoying everything for one more time, my most important agenda was to make a second recording of this magnificent building.
- Dec 06 Tue 2011 10:38
After a few weeks of Taiwan food articles, I'm sure you're getting a bit sick and tired of looking at food, food, and not thing but food articles. So here we are again, back in the UK. Since I'm sort of overlapping Taiwan and UK articles, I feel obliged to remind you again that this was my second time to Canterbury. The first time round, I took a lot of time in museums and the cathedral itself. Because time was a valuable asset, I had to be selective of what I did. Since I was lucky enough to come back for a second visit, I decided to try things that I did not try the first time round. This river tour, was one of them.
- Dec 05 Mon 2011 16:53
- Dec 02 Fri 2011 10:10
It's quite hard to believe that in the midst of Taipei City, there would be such a cost efficient restaurant. These fry-up restaurants are the perfect place for a quick meal and a few beers. I guess, as opposed to pubs, this is as close as we can get to the English pub culture.