Travel Blogs from Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Taiwan Part 1, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Taiwan Part 1

A travel blog entry by darkstar

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The defining experience of my trip to Taiwan was roaring around Kaohsiung on the back of a scooter. Few things could have prepared me for, or compared to, the exhilaration of riding a scooter, and the choking reality of traffic in South East Asia. I ...

Taiwan Part 2, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Taiwan Part 2

A travel blog entry by darkstar

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... well into the planning stages of his tour. Back in Toronto, I bought the Lonely Planet guides to Taiwan and Korea and started planning. Matt had friends in Kaohsiung, while I knew more about Korea, and found a great recruitment agent who set me up. The ...

Taiwan Part 3, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Taiwan Part 3

A travel blog entry by darkstar

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On that leisurely stroll around Matt's neighborhood in Kaohsiung, I came across a driving school, fenced off and away from any major streets. I'm no driver, and don't think I could have done much better than anyone on that course. And I don't think it's ...

Taiwan Part 4, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Taiwan Part 4

A travel blog entry by darkstar

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... refuge from work: a few beers, cable television, or, for those so inclined, a slightly more nefarious distraction. Hashish abounds in Kaohsiung, and seems a normal (read: essential) part of life for foreigners in the city. Seoul is a "dry" town, to the ...

Farewell Kaohsiung!, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Farewell Kaohsiung!

A travel blog entry by taralyra

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... * lack of sidewalks * being stared at like I'm a freak when I run/bike/swim. * population density of 9,500people/km2 in Kaohsiung. Despite all that, I am infinitely grateful for all the time I had here and all the people I met.  Taiwan may not ...

Time for the Traditional Market - BAM!, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Time for the Traditional Market - BAM!

A travel blog entry by lhomme

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... head back to uncle’s house.  On the way to the metro – I order a stamp of my name – everything official in Taiwan is signed with your name and a stamp.  So – I order one.  If I ever decide to buy real estate – ...

Arrival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Arrival

A travel blog entry by leg5a

... around 5:30pm. We were greeted by several staff members of the program. I expected us to be nuzzled somewhere inside the city of Kaohsiung, but rather we are in a huge compund outside the city (40 min). A staff member explained that there are men's and ...

Sugar Factory and Night Markets, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Sugar Factory and Night Markets

A travel blog entry by lhomme

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... There were at least 12 types of tofu for tasting – she tried them all and other stuff.  This is perfectly acceptable in Taiwan.  Try everything and don’t even buy anything.  I like the idea, but cannot bring myself to do it yet. ...

First Full Day in Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

First Full Day in Kaohsiung

A travel blog entry by lhomme

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... temple with 3 huge buddas.  After visiting the temple, we went to the Lover's Wall by the Former British Consulate in Takao (Kaohsiung's old name).  We tried to go to the consulate - but it was closed.  Shite!  Then we briefly toured ...

Another night out this time with some western food, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Another night out this time with some western food

A travel blog entry by ecce

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Yesterday we went to the movies because it was a rainly drowsy afternoon. They have "gold class" seats here.Its the top floor of the mall, you get your own waiter and menu, you sit in lazy boy chairs and get blankets! It was awesome, we made the boys see ...

The Fish Market!, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

The Fish Market!

A travel blog entry by ecce

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Hello everyone! Steve had to work on his essay today and Eddie had to work, so Linds and I went to the mall to check stuff out! Wow its nuts! 12 floors of heaven! ahhaha.The prices in the malls are the same as home so not many westenors shop at them, ...

Perfect Equanamity Pt. 2, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan travel blog

Perfect Equanamity Pt. 2

A travel blog entry by mrcwoodsman

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... to Taipei for what was supposed to be 2 days but it ended up being 4 days due to a typhoon that settled in on Taiwan and forced the grounding of nearly all incoming and outbound flights. Prior to the typhoon I stayed in an incredible little boutique ...

Metro and meatballs, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan travel blog

Metro and meatballs

A travel blog entry by jamesh1066

Travelling back to Kaohsiung we are once again impressed by the efficiency and ease of use that the Taiwan HSR (High Speed Rail) link provides. Our return journey cost little more than 6 USD, with trains leaving every hour. The Subway links directly to ...

GETTING READY FOR OUR 2 MONTH TREK, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

GETTING READY FOR OUR 2 MONTH TREK

A travel blog entry by ecce

WE ARE LEAVING FOR THAILAND TOMORROW MORNING... IM NOT SURE WHEN ILL GET TO AN INTERNET CAFE NEXT! BUT WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU ALL UPDATED! :) THE GAME PLAN SO FAR IS TO FLY INTO BANGKOK STAY THERE FOR 6 DAYS THEN HEAD DOWN TO THE SOUTH.... ...

AROUND OUR PLACE, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

AROUND OUR PLACE

A travel blog entry by ecce

Hello!:) Steve had to work on his last essay today so I went on a long walk to the park. Here are some of the pictures !:) ...

Restful harbor and spices, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan travel blog

Restful harbor and spices

A travel blog entry by jamesh1066

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... for laundry! Success on our laundry mission afforded time for a visit the nearby British Consulate at Takou (Dagou). Whilst Kaohsiung has a number of well preserved relics scattered around the city the handsome redbrick consulate built in 1865 by a ...

The Nitty Gritty, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

The Nitty Gritty

A travel blog entry by leg5a

[Note: this entry may largely be incomplete. It's been quite hard to keep up writing, especially during the first few days. Please refer to www.woodenfish.org to view my daily schedule.]     Today was both pleasant and painful, at ...

This and that, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

This and that

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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breakfast- mangoes! good taiqi, but stupid story about sitting and something about a vampire/panda. Nice and cool in the AM. class- heart sutra lunch- good, didn't like the soup, good tofu, seaweed, sprouts and seeds.      Abbot ...

WERE HERE SAFE AND SOUND!, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

WERE HERE SAFE AND SOUND!

A travel blog entry by ecce

Hello everyone. This is just a quick a message to let everyone know we made it safe and sound!! Our flight to LA was.....short.lol. We lucked out on our 15hr flight and each had our own row to sleep and sprawl out on. I have pics to show u! It was ...

Going to Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Going to Kaohsiung

A travel blog entry by lhomme

This is a big day.  We are heading to Irene's home town of Kaoshiung by High Speed Rail.  We meet Irene's brother at the train station and board the HSR.  It is super clean too!  The rail is quiet and fast traveling at 290 KM/H.  ...

The Meditation Retreat, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

The Meditation Retreat

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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SO hard to wake up today. Taiji (shimin exercise) inside because visitors were doing a pilgrimmage outside. Punished for talking in line by silent breakfast. I grabbed this sandwich on a whim. It was the last thing I ate, and I regret it so much. I ...

Post-Retreat, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Post-Retreat

A travel blog entry by leg5a

Well, I've come out alive. That's about all I can boast about the meditation retreat. It was a disappointing week for me, as I was in constant physical pain with no way to alleviate it. The 'brand' of meditation we were practicing involves quite a bit of ...

Pre-Cultural Tour, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Pre-Cultural Tour

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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The formal, class-oriented portion of my time here has ended, and today is my last day here at Fo Guang Shan. Today, though we were granted a free day for packing (still haven't done it), we were still required to wake up for morning TaiJi and ...

Our first day In Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Our first day In Kaohsiung

A travel blog entry by ecce

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... also wanted A B C the next row back... yes thats right we both had entire rows to ourselves! it was GREAT!! Taiwan customs was a joke.... Literally. They asked nothing.! So were at they Taipei airport (north side of Taiwan Island...Our friends live ...

The Interview, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

The Interview

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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-hard to wake up -good meditation this AM, counted up to maybe 40 breaths -prizes awarded at breakfast for cleanest rooms- not ours, but I'm sure we were up there.. class: Yifa taught the Diamond Sutra. Not much to say. Note: I've found that Chinese and ...

Nap?!, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Nap?!

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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   not feeling so well, but breakfast was very good- watermelon, toast thing, fake tofu chicken leg (disturbingly realistic), soy milk, corn (?). I prefer not to have daytime food for breakfast. I'm worried because I hear that during ...

Pandemic and the Venerable Master, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Pandemic and the Venerable Master

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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AM classes boring as usual. Being taught by a German whose Chinese is exponentially better than his english. Then lunch- really good: potroast imitation with tofu and corn, curry vegetables, winter melon soup, mushrooms, etc. I think they were showing ...

"Free Day"

A travel blog entry by leg5a

Our one and only free day! 1. Woke up late (6:30am) 2. Breakfast- Yifa (program director nun lady, google her) gave us a huge speech about being responsile with our free time. 3. changed sheets, dressed (civilian clothes), showered 4. Roomies and I ...

New Moon, Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

New Moon

A travel blog entry by leg5a

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New/full moon ceremony: Wake up at 5, downstairs at 5:30. Walk to Great Compassion Shrine, stand in line for 10 minutes. Someone in back passed out, was taken away. Shuffled into back row of full shrine room (350 people?). Made 3 prostrations. Tried to ...

Home in Taiwan...., Kaohsiung, Taiwan travel blog

Home in Taiwan....

A travel blog entry by jayandbri

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Ahh...the comforts of Taiwan! Awesome food, friendly people, beautiful landscapes.... Kaohsiung...a big city with a small town feel. We stayed at Yen hotel...for the whole month! What a wonderful hotel. Every morning at exactly 10am, they brought us ...

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