Culture shock hit us last night when we went to the Shilin Night Market. The people, the food, the size of the night market – it all sort of overwhelmed us. I think we had this impression that the vendors would be selling souvenirs, handmade items or trinkets that we could take home as gifts. But the areas we walked through at this night market had mostly clothes, shoes, and other accessories for sale. We had hoped to sample some of the street vendor food while we were there, but the smells of the food stalls just overwhelmed our senses and my stomach was just a little too queasy to try anything. We arrived early at the night market (about 5:30-6:00pm) just after it opened. We watched as hundreds, if not thousands of people, poured out of the MRT (subway) and buses and filled the narrow streets of the market. It was an incredible sight.