Hey Hey From Taipei!

That is a misleading title, as I’m now in Japan, but here is my recap of 3 days in Taipei. I know I did a day to day recap in Kaohsiung, but honestly, there is no way I’m going to be able to keep that up, haha. We don’t have any time set aside for blogging and I’m doing most of my posts on train or plane rides. I’m thinking the rest of my recaps will be mostly pictures, so if you have any questions or want to know more about anything in particular, just ask in the comments and I’ll elaborate. Deal? Also, to see larger versions of the photos, just click on them!

This is the morning market pretty close to our hotel. We bought cheap umbrellas- it rained almost the whole time we were in Taipei- and these super yummy wax apples.

taipei market

Taipei Confucius Temple and Bao’an Temple. Lots of incense. Too much for me, as I am VERY sensitive to any smoke, but the temples were cool!

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My favorite lunch box place. It’s like a buffet. Enough said. We think you’re supposed to only take 3 things, but we wanted to sample so much that we just loaded up our plates, haha. I think they charged us almost double BUT we took almost double the amount of everyone else and they were nice about it. Not to mention, it was only $2.50/person. I mean, come on. We went twice 🙂

Delitcous buffet

We took a gondola ride to the top of Maokong mountain, which had a few temples to stop at. It was still rainy, but I loved it! At the bottom was the Taipei Zoo and we went in for a measly $2. Good thing it was so cheap because it sucked, haha. I guess we’re just spoiled with Lowery Park Zoo being in our backyard. I also tried P soda. It was like a mix of Dew and Sprite.

gondola

Yummy treat on our way Taipei 101- the world’s tallest building a few years ago. We got 2, a pumpkin and onion/chive and a bubble tea. I haven’t mentioned that they like to carry their drinks in bags. It’s the weirdest thing, but I wanted to fit in, so I carried mine too…

bread tea

A 20 minute hike up Elephant mountain (no, there weren’t any elephants) is a great place to take pictures of 101. It was steep, but well worth the effort. The view was beautiful and luckily, the rain held off!

taipei 101

Hiking made us hungry and we hit up the Shilin Market on the way home. I had another giant squid (seriously so good), blood cake (which I surprisingly really like!) and one of the beef wrapped green onion things. The penis waffles were just funny, haha.

Shilin Market

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. He was the first president of Taiwan, or technically the Republic of China. We made it just in time to see the changing of the guards. The people behind us were pissed because we were so tall they couldn’t see, haha.

Chiang Memorial

Longshan Temple was the last temple in Taipei. It was FILLED with people praying and giving offerings. There was SO MUCH INCENSE I was getting a headache. It was cool to see a working temple though.

longshan templeNext up… Japan! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas 🙂

 

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