Of course there was food to talk about at Taroko! This was a "lunch special" at a really nice restaurant inside the national park for roughly $8 USD, so yes, really nice restaurant. I took a picture of it because my rice came in a bamboo stick and all of it was quite delicious. The bamboo makes the rice have a really nice aroma and the texture is a bit different from normal rice.
This whole day was actually quite cold and rainy, but my big aunt has always been an excellent hostess, and she must take you to see all the most important sights regardless of weather. So, after Taroko we headed off to see the beach. The wind was CRAZY at the beach! I was super cold and therefore did not go down to the beach and pick up rocks, get better pictures, etc. I pretty much jumped out, took a few pictures and jumped right back in the van. I wish the weather was better that day. My aunt tells me that when it's sunny, the water is a beautiful shade of blue.
Now, my aunt can be a very intimidating person. She is wealthy and she does a lot of politicking in the high society of Taiwan, and you do what she says; that's the way it has always been. For the first time in my life EVER, I was not intimidated by her. She was talking to me about population control and about having children and how I should stop having children. For the first time in my life, I was able to sit there and tell her, "you have some good points, but my husband and I have always wanted 4-5 kids, and we will have another if we can." Not intimidated at all, and did not back down. I felt like I was a grown, mature, smart, competent, capable woman at that very moment and was quite proud of myself. She wasn't offended, she kept talking about it for a bit longer and then switched subjects.
We headed back to her house that evening at a decent hour, I unwound, got ready and went to bed at a decent hour and had the best sleep I had all trip long.