Taiwan – Day 11

Day 11 was our last day in Taipei as we had to get up early the next morning to catch our flights to Japan so we spent the morning packing up before heading out to Taipei for some souvenir shopping and a last view of the city.  As we packed, we turned on the television for the first time and found the historical drama soap operas that were playing completely mesmerizing.  We couldn’t understand a word, of course, but that didn’t stop us from making up the plot as we went.  I have no idea what we were watching but we ended up dubbing the 2 shows, The Saga of the Ugly Belt and Palace Drama.  We’re pretty sure we nailed it.

Before heading to the HSR station for our last ride from from Zhubei to Taipei, we headed for Starbucks for a caffeine fix.


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Taiwan – Day 9

After an overnight stop back in Zhubei to do some laundry and pack up for our next adventure, we headed for Taipei via HSR and then boarded a train for Hualien on the east coast.  The trip from Taipei to Hualien took a couple of hours and from there we needed to make our way down the coast for our night’s accommodation in Shitiping.  We were a group of 8 people and my host’s plan was to have all of us rent motor scooters and drive down the coast.  In short, he wanted to form a scooter gang.


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Taiwan – Day 8

Day 8 dawned and we found that what we considered to be hot and humid weather in Taipei was mere child’s play when compared with the conditions in Kaohsiung.  In such conditions, any normal person would want to stay in the share or, better still, in an air conditioned room but not us: this was a day for a hike!  Yes, I realize you may have doubts about our sanity but rest assured we did as well, though that didn’t stop us.

At first things didn’t seem so bad as we caught a cab from the Just Sleep hotel to the Yuanheng Temple at the base of the hiking trails.


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Taiwan – Day 5

After our adventures in Lukang the previous day, we got a bit of a late start on Day 5 but we still managed to pack a lot of activities in.  First stop on our agenda was to head to Taipei for breakfast (known as “lunch” to most everyone else based on the time of day) and visit the Nanmen Market.  Our usual guide (our host’s cousin) explained to us that this market is very high-end and that politicians’ wives shop here and this is where people come for important gifts and meal components.  We only visited the first floor and wow was it packed full of Tiawanese specialties.


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