Some of you may have read that I was on a mission homebound! Homebound as in where I hailed from... Canada!
Of course, coming from Bali, that is quite the ride! In general, I am actually not a huge fan of flying and although I seem to be on an airplane quite often, I try to make it into an adventure when boarding the big, steel birds!
That said, I got myself a little 20-something hour layover in Taipei, (one of the world's most vegan-friendly cities, by the way!)
I love having long layovers so I can get out and see another place! It gives my legs a chance to stretch and I am always much more willing to take the next part of the journey after a wonderful meal outside of the airport!
The first thing I did was check the food around me! I saw that there was this highly ranked, vegetarian place very close to where I was planning on hanging around so off I went to find it!
Google maps took me through tiny allies and I got to see a different side of the city!
I ended up in front of a restaurant with only Chinese characters... obviously I could not read them but I was depending on that little blue dot on my map sending me into the right place, so I went in!
It caused quite a commotion as the server was pointing and pushing an English menu at me. At this point I wasn't even sure if I was at the right place so I started to stress out... after all the menu was showcasing duck, chicken and seafood...
I just kept playing with my phone, willing my translator app to start working... but it didn't.
This is the part where having a sim card with data comes in super handy...
Unfortunately for me, I didn't get one this time since I was only going to be in town for less than a day.
That said, I had no idea what the server was frantically trying to communicate to me and to be honest, I was really worried I was about to be served some fresh duck on my plate. Everyone was staring at me, I started sinking in my chair.
All of a sudden a lady appeared at my table!
Vegetarian! She exclaimed excitedly pointing at the menu and then back at her own table. "No meat. Vegetable!"
Tired from the travel and quite visibly confused, my eyes rolled over the menu and back at the lady and back at her dishes on her table. The dishes looked very much non-vegetarian.
I wasn't sure what to do, I didn't want to be rude but obviously I can't have animal products...
She scurried over to her table where five other woman were all sitting with her and she dug into one of the new dishes that was just brought over by the server in all this commotion and carried me a piece of what she repeatedly referred to as vegetarian fish.
Picture that. I am sitting there, sweating my nerves through every pore in my body and shes pushing this piece of what looks like genuine fish at me.
I sensed the incredible kindness in this lady and even took a minute to meditate on that.
Could you imagine someone coming to your table and offering you their own food?
I inhaled, gulped and took a piece of it onto my chop stick.
I looked up into the smiling face of this woman and said "Vegetarian" putting my heart on my chest. She smiled nodded and motioned for me to try it. "Vegetarian." She repeated.
The lady who offered me this piece of very real looking fish right off her own plate waited for my reaction.
I was careful to note the texture and taste... the texture and taste were incredible.
The "fish" was lined with a wrapping of seaweed, giving it a fishy taste. I assume the "fish" was made from soy because it was not real fish but it was one of the best mock jobs I have ever had!
The lady was so happy and started motioning to her table but I really didn't know what she was trying to say so I just pointed at her food and was pointing out multiple items on the menu so I just took her hand, said "thank you" smiled, nodded, she said something to the server and then this showed up!
That dish was a mock duck plate and let me tell you, it was delicious! Taiwan sure knows how to do mocks!
After I was in the midst of chowing down on my "meat platter" the server was excitedly watching and the adorable ladies who came to my rescue went back to their lunch and the server swung by with another plate.
If it weren't for that wonderful woman, taking time out of her day and showing me kindness, offering me a slice of the food off her own plate, I don't know what I would have done.
She could have just put her head down and left me to fair on my own but she came to help me and it was such a loving kindness that I will never forget!
To be honest, I probably would have had to leave if it weren't for her because it seemed as though I was in the wrong place! I'm so happy I got to enjoy such a traditional experience! Those are always the best!
This was a reminder to me of kindness:
We often get so attached to our own lives that we block out others around us and something so small can change the whole course of their day. Let's share our loving kindness more! This was such a beautiful example of how a small act can have such a large impact!
A hungry me is never good for anyone so these ladies saved me! ;)
I brought them a piece of my own meal to say thank you and the looks on their faces were priceless!
My heart's in charge here. I write about what I feel in the moment. What inspires me, what drives my passion!
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