|101 Taipe looking up|
|Warning on a mirrored floor|
101 skyscraper, formerly the tallest building in the world and now sixth. We had a delightful dumpling meal in what our handler assures us was a very famous restaurant, and then we headed to the observation deck on the 89th floor. We didn't get back to the hotel until 30 minutes before we had to turn around again and head off to a diplomatic reception, but the bus waits for no man and so I changed clothes again and headed to the reception.
This was quite a party, and the whole diplomatic community--such as it is in a country where 9/10ths of the nations on Earth do not extend full diplomatic relations--was on display. Food and booze were everywhere, and the crowd was in good spirits. We (my companions and I) mingled a bit and then congealed in a central location to share our observations and to people watch. It really was quite a party, but we were all pretty ragged and so we alighted from the gaiety and headed back to the humdrum of our hotel.
Today is a sightseeing day and departure. We'll hit some local history until lunchtime, then back to the hotel for packing and preparing for the flight. We leave tonight at 1900 and land Saturday night at JFK; we'll overnight near the airport and fly back to Dulles on Sunday morning.
I will probably get the inflight wifi for the flight home, so there may be a closing post then. If not perhaps Sunday.. But for now, signing off to go to breakfast. Cheers.