Arrived in Taipei last night on a beautiful sunset flight from Tokyo. It's a pity that those three hours of travel time were the three I slept. What I did see of the flight included periwinkle blue and white clouds floating between a deeper blue sky and a paler blue pacific, rimmed by pink and gold and topped of by a pale nearly-full moon. I'm sure with my lack of sleep I'm not doing the scene the justice it deserves but it was beautiful! I'm also told there was a great burning orange sunset visible from the other side of the plane but, that I completely missed!
I'm not sure weather the having a night landing in Taipei was unfortunate or exciting. Regardless, coming in from the ocean, the first thing you see are the bright lights dotting the harbour before the sparkling mountainous island seems to just rise out of nowhere. It's truly spectacular and I can't wait to see it during the day! Unfortunately, I couldn't quite capture the image due to the darkness of the night and speed of the plane.
After a brief exchange of living necessities and Canadian gifts (including the requisite maple syrup of course) it was time for a brief email home to state that I was still alive and then off to bed. By the time I finally arrived at my new home it was 12 midnight Saturday morning local time /12 noon on Friday Toronto time - a full 29hrs after having left home in Toronto on Thursday morning.