In my last post I mentioned that Dennis McNelis had sent me a few images from his time in Taipei. Today I'd like to post some of those that might bring back some memories of long ago in a galaxy far, far away:
As I said some time ago, the final approach to what was then the international airport was directly over the hostel and the east and west compounds. This photo gives some idea of what it was like, but the planes appeared much larger as you looked out the window. Now only could you see landing lights, but you could actually see the cabin lights at night, and the noise and vibration were just incredible.
Most people called this area Sugar Daddy Row. 'Nuff said.
This is a shot of his apartment building in the Shihlin district of Taipei. It was pretty common for a group of single military people to share an apartment in those days and many did. It was also fairly common for a single GI to share an apartment with a local friend.
I knew one group of apartment dwellers made up of two navy females, one navy male, and one marine male. I have no doubt that there was plenty of activity in the place, but the folks who lived there were more like brothers and sisters. Today, that would be like any campus area apartment in the US, but it was sort of unusual then. At least I thought so.
This was a view of Shihlin from his apartment. A Google search reveals quite a different picture of the place today.