The Journey of Dandelion Snailrider

Day Ten: Taiwan

From:       Dandelion Snailrider
To:         Mr. A--
Subject:    Day 10: In the Far East Again
Date:       December 19, 2002

Dear Mr. A--,

I hope that this letter finds you well and comfortable
at home, slippers and pipe adequately delivered to you
by your fierce and loyal and brave haggis-defeating

My goal draws ever nearer but my snail is so darn
slow!  I had hoped that I could surprise you by
arriving early tomorrow morning, but alas! I didn't
make it any further than Taiwan last night.  I'm sure
that if I had not stayed to visit with the Queen of
England yesterday, I would be well on my way to
Campbell already!  But I am certain that Fate has more
adventures yet in store for me!  I do wish that you
had been able to join me on my journey; I'm certain
that you would have enjoyed tea and crumpets with the
Queen and the Highland festival that we attended last
night.  I participated in the caber toss, but I'm
afraid I only came in second place.

Here in Taiwan, I've been having a lovely, very
relaxing visit.  The people here are very, very
friendly and no one has looked oddly at the Dread
Snail Roberts at all.  However, it is difficult, as I
am sure you can imagine, to find an Internet cafe here
which meets my special requirements: a salt-free
environment for my snail, a very tall stool, several
pounds of popcorn for my dinner, and a freezer in
which I can store the Alaskan haggis.  I believe that
it is made from salmon.  I have been fortunate in that
I have found such arrangements in most places.  Here
in Taiwan, I had to barter with an old rice farmer to
let me into his barn to use his satellite Internet
hookup, digital camera, and scanner; fortunately I
happened to have among my supplies a spare ukelele
which he seemed most happy to receive.

Secure with the directions given to me by the elephant
herder in Thailand and the new supplies of rice, I
hope to arrive in Campbell tomorrow night.  I would be
there sooner, but my snail is, as you know, quite

I do hope that you are doing well.  I shall keep the
haggis safe for you!  And make sure there is a
friendly place for me on your lawn of subtle pleasure!

Until tomorrow (hopefully) I remain,

Your obedient and humble servant,

Dandelion Snailrider

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