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  • Day1

    Dinner in Tapei

    May 13, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Toch nog wat eten, tis een rare dag. Net of ik vanmorgen uit nl ben vertrokken, dus een lange dag. Morgen lunch met ouders van Jod, de kersverse echtgenoot van Zindzi, mijn nichtje en dochter van mijn broer.twas lekker en gezellig.

  • Day1

    10 Days in Taiwan!

    October 8, 2016 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    My trip to Taipei, Taiwan was a 9 hour flight from Brisbane to Taoyuan with Eva Air. Admittedly I was feeling quite ill during the last hour before arrival, not really sure why as I've never had "flying-sickness" before. Eva Air was great, smooth landings and great customer service from the flight attendants, I would definitely recommend the airline. The cost of my flight was $836 with 30kg for luggage, and converted $620AUD which gave me $13000NTD.

    I arrived in Taoyuan International Airport at 6:10pm and collected my luggage and out of customs at approximately 6:45pm.. All ready to start my 10 day Taiwanese adventure! My 7th uncle and his son picked me up and brought me to Banqiao, the place where I stayed for the first week in Taipei. Boy, was I excited! And a little nervous - I' had not seen my relatives for a good fifteen years!

    I was amazed and excited to see the city, and discovered that it was still busy and lively late into the night! Shops were still open for business, food stores were still open for the hungry people. We went and grabbed my favorite drink.. BUBBLE TEA! aka Milk Tea - and some deep fried chicken to sooth and satisfy my grumbling belly.

    Ok. The food. Into this journey of mine, you will see just how much of a "foodie" place Taiwan is known for, but for now I will just rant on about the deep fried chicken. The delicious, mouth-watering deep fried chicken... Honestly, amazing! It is definitely a must eat when visiting Taiwan. It was approximately $100NTD for a whole bag, and so approximately $4AUD. They were pretty kind with its serving size!
    Originate in Taiwan, Milk tea normally cost around $5 for a medium size in Australia and I bought one for $50NTD, which is approximately $2AUD.

    First things first. As much as I love getting magically lost in a new destination, I always make sure to have a SIM card or a working phone with data just in case of emergencies, obviously for safety reasons.
    The SIM card I bought was $800NTD, for 10 days of unlimited data usage and it only cost me $33AUD. Bargain, right!

    Although the city doesn't sleep until midnight, I went to bed early after all day of flying and spending it at airports. So, first night was an early night, ready for the first day of my adventure!
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  • Day2

    Streets of Banqiao

    October 9, 2016 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    Despite the fact that it rained on most days, I still had an amazing time. Taiwan is actually quite a clean country, with the only thing that was crazy chaotic were the streets. This is the thing, there is an actual reason why Asian drivers drives like the way they do in Western society - it's the way they live! There were vehicles on the road, a million motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, and people. I think the only thing that was missing from all the action was a horse carriage? Perhaps a plane. I was actually quite terrified to walk across the street so I always ran across.

    I explored the streets of Banqiao and took some happy snaps!
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  • Day2

    Banqiao Food Market

    October 9, 2016 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    There was a lot of markets in Taipei, from food markets to night markets. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go to a night market, which was a shame. My uncle and aunt lives right next to a food market in the Banqiao District, and it was actually quite surreal - like, it's nothing similar to the Eat Street Market located in Brisbane or the lame as one that Toowoomba tries to replicate. When I say food market, it is legit all kind of food on the stand. Cooked, uncooked, biscuits, lollies, seafood, meat, veg, fries, fruits, nuts, just to name only a few.

    I came from a Western lifestyle, and remembers nothing from when I was 12yo, and I was completely blown away. Personally, I think it's so awesome and I'm all for it. How alive the place seemed, how loud it was.. It was almost as though I stepped into a whole new world. And there were all types of different food. The only food that I don't eat and will not give it a go are raw food and soggy carrots, so I was literally in heaven!
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Banqiao, Banciao, 板橋

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