A few days ago we drove down to Kenting from
Kao Hsiung. The drive was very interesting and we stopped at quite
a few places, including a nice little hole-in-the-wall lunch place
that served 7-courses of seafood right out of the adjacent sea,
and a number of other beautiful spots once we hit the coast near
Kenting (see the taiwan gallery
& Grace, getting
into the spirit
Kenting is a popular Taiwanese vacation spot.
It has the feel of a little beach town and people often come down
and rent a house for a week. Sekim had arranged for us to stay
at Xiao Kenting Vacation Resort - this sounded great to us mostly
because is had the word "Resort" in the title.
We nearly fell over backwards when we arrived.
It turns out that Xiao Kenting is a cowboy-themed resort! At first
we thought that this seemed really strange (correction: we *still*
think it is very strange), but after about 5 minutes of shock
we jumped on the bandwagon and got into the swing of things. We
donned our orange bandanas (wearing them isn't required, but it
is "encouraged") and snapped some photos with typical
façade western backgrounds (the whole place looked like
the set of a low-budget spaghetti western).
Over the next two days we did everything we
could find to do in this strange and wonderful family-oriented
establishment. This included archery, air-pistol shooting, riding
a mechanical bull, playing games in the arcade, karaoke and bowling
(apparently bowling was very popular in the wild west, you just
don't see it in the movies much). We felt like little kids again
and even funnier, the older generation did, too. Both nights,
we went to bed exhausted, happily returning to our log cabins
and crawling under our vibrant floral bedspreads (another historical
detail that is often omitted from westerns). It’s a silly
place, but we had the best time. We never did get used to all
the Taiwanese-speaking cowboys and cowgirls, however.