Seven Days in Taiwan: Part 3

My time in Taiwan comes to an end! I meet Taiwanese nuns in Tamshui, treat myself to a few Christmas presents, and then finish off my trip with all-you-can-eat hot pot!

Friday, December 26th, 10:11pm

It’s been another long, eventful day! Yuin-Hua and I started out around 11:00am and grabbed breakfast at a local market. The restaurant we ate at was really well known (despite being small and home-y), and I really enjoyed the delicious tofu and beef. Yum. I am really going to miss good tofu when I go back to the U.S.

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After eating, we hopped on the subway and took it to the end of the line to a small town called Tamshui. Yuin-Hua had attended college in Tamshui and wanted to show me all the local sites.  Continue reading “Seven Days in Taiwan: Part 3”

Seven Days in Taiwan: Part 2

I spend Christmas Eve at the National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market! Christmas Day is low-key: I FaceTime my family and window-shop at the Taipei 101 Building!

Wednesday, December 24th, 10:04pm

This afternoon, Yuin-Hua and I visited the famous National Palace Museum, and I learned that I am so out of shape (or just so exhausted from the stress of finals) that I don’t even have the energy to walk around exhibits for four hours. I got a pretty painful backache two hours in and had to sit down and rest every so often. I am an old woman in a twenty-year-old’s body.

The museum was great (although overflowing with tour groups). I loved looking at all of the ancient artifacts and reading about their histories. But I literally had to fight my way to the front of crowds just to get a glimpse of some of the displays. It was absolutely ridiculous. Eventually I learned that I had to just let the crowd part and then pounce as soon as the tour had moved on. Continue reading “Seven Days in Taiwan: Part 2”

Seven Days in Taiwan: Part 1

To kick-off my winter break, I spend a week in Taiwan with my aunt! My first two days include eating delicious shaved ice and traveling outside of Taipei to a small town called Jiufen (which inspired Spirited Away)!

Monday, December 22nd, 11:25pm

Let the adventure begin! After ending the semester, I have a month (from December 19th to January 22nd) to go wherever my wallet can take me! So my plans are: Week one in Taiwan visiting my aunt, week two in Shanghai interning, week three in Korea, week four back in Shanghai, and then a few days before the semester starts in Nanjing!

To be completely honest, this is probably a more accurate representation of my ideal winter break.
To be completely honest, this is probably a more accurate representation of my ideal winter break.

Excited to set-off, I checked out of my apartment early this morning and took a bus to the airport. I landed in Taipei no problem and delighted in the unblocked Wi-Fi. Then as I was standing in the line for immigration, I realized: I. Had. No. Visa. Waaaaah!  Continue reading “Seven Days in Taiwan: Part 1”