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    • Day62

      Off to New Zealand

      November 30, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Up for a nice breakfast of salad, sausage, egg and hash brown. They were playing christmas music, so I suppose that made it our Christmas day meal. No where near as full or pissed as usual for Christmas.
      We slimmed down our packs by handing a few Kg to Curly to take home.
      Started our Teddy tour with a car park walk, followed by another car park we couldn't even enter to get access to do a walk. We took the navigational reigns off him and went along to a small pond with a 3 min walking route. Lovely.
      We wanted to get a bit closer to the airport so started the stressful drive through the city. Too many bikes and merging lorries for my liking!
      Got to a rotating restaurant for lunch over looking the beach. Had some chinese tasting food, very nice. Made us all feel pretty dizzy, even though it was only rotating at 1 RPH.
      Made it back to the airport to handover the hire car.
      Few beers with the family to get rid of some coins and we were off to New Zealand!
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      Great video!

    • Day98

      7 Hour Layover - Taipei

      January 15, 2020 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      In order to avoid Manila and the volcano, we had to reroute our flight. Longer way around, via Taipei and Kuala Lumpur. The extra day and a half here in Bali will ensure we'll be rested for our flight to Dili. Coming from Manila, we would have landed at midnight on Friday, and sat in the airport until 9 am Saturday to fly to Dili . . . so trade offs all around. There is a bit more cost for this way, but just have to wrap it up to Mother Nature.Read more

    • Day2

      A magic carpet ride

      September 22, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Let me get this out of the way early. China Airline's Business Class is exceptional. Delicious food, exemplary service from slim, attractive flight attendants, (take note Air NZ) and a lie flat bed that had enough controls to keep the geek in me gleefully happy. I even got some good sleep, which is highly unusual for me anywhere, especially on a plane. Some 'other' unnamed people on this flight had even more sleep than me. In fact at one point there was a symphony of snoring. Initially I thought two untuned tractors were having a race though the cabin, but it was two other passengers. One whom I know very well. We landed in Taipei just after 5am and it was already 27 degrees. This may be a toasty kind of day. Next stop central Taipei.Read more


      What no Champagne?

    • Day2

      Look up, and up, and up

      September 22, 2018 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Caught the high speed train into Taipei city, which took about half an hour, so I'm glad we didn't take the regular speed one. Seriously though, Taipei is a massive urban sprawl, intermixed with dense foliage covered hills.

      Our one and only reason for dipping our toes into the city was to see Taipei 101. Wow, what a structure. It punches into the sky, towering over all other buildings and giving a stunning view of Taipei, amid the smog. Very impressive, especially the lifts which fire you up to the 89th floor in just over 30 seconds.

      After gazing over the strange mix of old traditional Chinese structures and futuristic skyscrapers we caught the bullet lift back to ground level and caught the MRT back to our airport hotel. A few hours sleep and a refreshing shower, it is 33 degrees here, and we're off to the airport. A few more hours in the business lounge doing it tough then we board our bird bound for Vienna.
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      I got vertigo just looking at the photos!



    • Day56

      Swiss chocolates and forbidden fruit

      March 25, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Crossed the Taiwan Strait this morning. Came across an odd, unexpected sight on the Shanghai Pudong side - exiting travellers queueing at 7am for what else but duty free Swiss chocolates. Nobody else was buying anything - only Swiss chocolates were in demand!

      Then on the Taipei Taoyuan side, we got busted for having sliced apple pear. Apparently absolutely no fruits, vegetables or meats are allowed info Taiwan, and there is a seating area just after the quarantine check where passengers carrying forbidden items may sit and well, eat. We just had a few slices of apple pear on us and so we decided to gobble instead of chuck. Although we were the only ones there initially, we were shortly joined by a pair of girls with some more fruit, as well as old guy with a half dozen steamed buns - doh!
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    • Day2

      Dag 1 - Vliegtuigstoelyoga / Taipei

      July 2, 2017 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      13 uur en 36 minuten is blijkbaar de tijd die nodig is om een Yoga-boek voor gevorderden te schrijven met als titel "101 nooit geziene houdingen voor op een vliegtuigstoel". Met als vervolg "Hoe plooi je je milt op zo'n manier dat je jij en de vliegtuigstoel één worden?". Ingeborg zou trots zijn.

      Met andere woorden: het was een erg lange en oncomfortabe vlucht, maar dat hadden we verwacht.

      De jetlag achteraf viel wél beter mee dan verwacht, zodat we een volledige dag zonder problemen Taipei hebben kunnen verkennen. Overigens: zeer vriendelijke mensen die uit Taiwan. We stonden letterlijk nog geen tien seconden op een kaart te kijken toen we een gratis lift kregen naar ons hotel. Ook het feit dat we geen enkel moment zijn lastig gevallen, was een verademing. De stad zelf is ook super groen, iets dat niet zo vaak voorkomt bij dergelijke Aziatische grootsteden.

      Na een lange zoektocht naar een restaurant hadden we iets gevonden waar je zelf je vlees op een hete plaat kon bakken. De lokale grootmoeder zag het en keurde onze technieken af, waarop ze alles dan maar komen bakken is in onze plaats. Lekker! En gemakkelijk! Beetje ongemakkelijk, ook check!

      Nu dat we dit typen, begint de jetlag toch te werken... Of ligt dat aan het feit dat we 40 wakker zijn? Slaapwel!
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      slaap lekker en morgen indonesia here we come.grtz mams en pap.

    • Day23

      Letzter Stopp in Taiwan

      January 17, 2019 in Taiwan ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück sind wir noch ein wenig durch Taichung gelaufen und waren ein Eis essen. Allerdings ist die Stadt wirklich nicht so schön und daher haben wir uns auf dem Weg zu unserem letzten Stopp in Taiwan gemacht. Da jedoch das sogenannte Rainbow Village auf unserer Strecke dorthin lag, haben wir uns dies noch angeschaut. Dabei handelt es sich um eine Wohnsiedlung die von einem ehemaligen Soldaten, der mittlerweile über 90 Jahre alt ist, bunt verziert wurden. Aus der über 1.000 Häuser großen Siedlung sind noch 11 verblieben, der Rest wurde im Laufe der Jahre abgerissen. Diese Kunstwerke zeigen vor allem Menschen und Tiere und sind wirklich sehenswert.
      Unser letzter Stopp ist das Novotel am Flughafen Taoyuan. Hier konnte Tim unseren Mietwagen abgeben und ich war mit den Kindern im Spielzimmer. Nachdem die Kinder geschlafen haben, hieß es dann für uns Koffer packen, denn morgen früh geht es weiter nach Bangkok. 🇹🇭
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