Travel - the escape of mundane, everyday routines, the search for foreign, exciting destinations and experiences. I've run off for the past week + 2 days for travelling - which explains the hiatus. It's been but nine days since I set foot in the capsule that hovers amidst clouds, suspended solely by two wings, and yet, I can still feel the enthusiasm that boiled within, the impatience to reach our destination.
And where have I been?
It's an entirely different place, Taiwan, where everything goes against the norm (that is, right being left and vice versa), traffic moves at a reasonably slow pace (50 - 60 km/h), and toilets are equipped with better facilities. Most of all? Everything's in Mandarin.
Taiwan was a fresh, fulfilling new experience, the full package, the whole deal. Seriously and truly. There's a startlingly large demographic of bike/scooter-mounting commuters, mask-don-ners, and also, dogs (pugs, labs, golden retrievers, you name it). Cabs are inexpensive and easy to flag down. Pineapple tarts are omnipresent. Japanese script is as prevalent as English. Places to visit, things to try, people to meet. That was the primary reason for our trip - for mum to meet up with old friends and revisit old memories.
Here, the word-to-photo ratio is starkly disproportionate, and with good reason why. I'm sharing my memories, of the mornings we spent commuting in trains, the afternoons making paper from scratch, and meeting a delightful bunch of local students bearing much resemblance to my very own classmates, to the nights spent trawling night markets and eating till I got a tummy-ache.
I won't be saying much after this, except to reiterate how wonderfully creative those chewy green almond-studded rolls filled with mozzarella were (see below), and commend the Taiwanese on their packaging of tea (also below). I'll be adding in the locations visited by yours truly down below, if anyone has intentions of going to Taiwan, and stay tuned for the next half of this post.
Recommended Places to Visit :
No.7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
ShiLin Night Market
Neighborhood of Dadong Rd., Danan Rd., Wenlin Rd. and Jihe Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Suho Paper Museum
No.68, Sec. 2, Chang’an E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 10455, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Miyahara Opthalmology/宮原眼科冰淇淋 (Ice Cream Store / Dessert Shop)
No.20 Zhongshan Road, Taichung, Taiwan
- to be continued -