Friends Yu-Yu Hotel
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... area called Daan, where I live and that has top infrastructure.
Too more curious information:
- On Taoyuan airport a Jumbo jet parked at the gangway was lifted 50 cm off the ground by the wind
- The 900ton damper in Taipei 101, one of the world highest buildings moved the most ever for hours - up to one meter.
... about getting to Taipei and settling in, assign rooms, and setting the scene for the coming week.
We had a very full schedule of events, and the days started at 7 am.
On Day 2 we went to the Presidential Palace and Taiwan University before lunch, followed by Sun Yet San Memorial for the changing of the guard, and a visit to Taipei 101 to look out over the city.
It was ...
... to have a chat with the chap who set me up with the hostel and we chatted for a bit about the trail; I told him that I had seen a deer down by the river and was wondering how it got their and how it will be able to get out of the gorge. He said that it is most likely not a deer but a brown mountain goat that is common in Taroko National Park. And right he was as I spotted one, probably the same, the next day close to where I had seen it ...
... ones like me. When I tell her I can speak Chinese, she quickly drops the English. Like almost every Taiwanese I've encountered, this woman is warm, welcoming, and mildly contemptuous toward the Mainland. When I tell her I'm going to Shanghai, she frowns slightly and informs me that the culture there is "not developed." Unsure how to respond, I'm grateful when she quickly launches into an monologue about the best places to visit in Taipei. She writes down her phone ...
... to go, foods we wanted to eat, and more importantly, foods we didn't want to eat. People eat things here that we wouldn’t find at all appetizing – rooster testicles, snake, whole frogs. McDonald’s and Starbucks were easily recognizable and there’s a 7 Eleven on every block but we were looking for the local experience even though we weren’t willing to try a plate of grilled hearts and intestines. Info at the ...