We have arrived safely in Taipei, Taiwan.
The flight from Naha, Okinawa, to Taiwan is a quick hour-and-a-half, but China Airlines manages to serve a meal enroute. Customs at the international airport in Taiwan was a breeze, the easiest that I have encountered anywhere in Asia. After that we found a limo who agreed to take us to our hotel in the city (about a forty-minute ride) for 1,200 Taiwanese dollars - about $40 US - and here we are!
The Inhouse Hotel is nice, relatively new, with small rooms that each have their own unique features. All of our rooms have windows that open and great views of the street seven stories below. Mine is a corner room with windows facing in two directions, Murphy's seems more spacious, and Valerie has a ceiling-to-floor window in her shower! Each room has a complimentary condom in the drawer of the bedside table. Murphy said that is a true sign of civilization.
Our evening stroll took us several blocks along a busy street where we passed many open shops as well as a variety of food peddlers. One of the delicacies that I noticed was fried chicken feet. We also saw some menus that advertised fried chicken cartilage. None of our party was brave enough to try either of those dishes. We finally stopped at a very large outdoor cafe and had drinks and snacks. I ordered a Heineken with onion rings, and the waiter was quick to tell me that if I ordered two beers, the third one was free - but I stopped with just the one.
Tomorrow will be our first view of Taipei in daylight. More to follow as our trip progresses.