Saturday, May 17, 2008

Journey to Salt Mountain

What better way to enjoy your well-earned weekend than with a pilgrimage to Taiwan's biggest repository of salt-related paraphernalia and knowledge! (note that that introductory string was not phrased as a question but as a statement - there is no better way to enjoy a weekend). Yes, the Taiwan Salt Museum comprises four floors (4!) of salt... stuff. There are life-size mock-ups of salt-related places and industry, explications of the nature of salt both historical and chemical, salt-related tools, clothing, maps, and of course, samples of the stuff from around the world. Yes indeed, despite not being able to read the Chinese signage on the exhibits we felt upon departure that we need never again yearn for any kind of salt-related object or fact. Verily, the visit to the museum had been a case of a-salt (pun willingly scripted) upon all of our senses.

Oh, what a beautiful mornin', oh, what a beautiful day. I got a beautiful feelin' somethin' salty's comin' my way. (apologies to everyone)

Wow! Life-size mock-ups of salt-fields and salt-farmers! And the backdrops are beautiful too.

Wow! A reconstruction of a salt mine. Are those salt crystals on the wall of the cave real? Hmm, am I missing something? I feel like my appreciation of salt is not quite as grandiose as this museum. I thought it was just something that went with fish and chips.

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