August 3rd, 2008

A day at the beach

Well, what do you know. There is at least one halfway decent beach on the west coast of Taiwan after all. OK, Mashakou (Mashagou) 馬沙溝 beach in T'ainan (Tainan) County 台南県 isn't going to make anyone forget Hawaii or Okinawa, but the sand and water were relatively clean, and despite it being a warm Sunday afternoon, there weren't that many people there. With my wife wanting to have a day to herself, I took my daughter on the two-hour drive south from our home in Fengyuan (Fongyuan) 豊原, in central T'aichung (Taijhong) County 台中県, and met up with my friend Steve, his wife March and their two kids at a freeway rest stop near the turnoff for Mashakou (lunch at the rest area was a mediocre fried rice omelet. The sign should have tipped me off - "Omuraisu" オムライス had somehow been turned into "Omuuisu" オムうイス. Was it a case of the sign maker being all out of ラ's?).

Amber had a great time playing in the "big ocean", and digging in the sand.

The swimming area was small, as is often the case with beaches in Taiwan. But all things considered, you could do worse (a lot worse, actually) than Mashakou if you would like to reconnect with the water.