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Such Great Heights

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Growing up, I remember learning that Taipei 101 (臺北101 / tai bei yi ling yi) was the tallest building in the world. Though this, of course, changed with the construction of Burj Khalifa in 2010, I still don’t think I was quite prepared for how tall 101 floors actually is. Flying into Songshan Airport at night, I saw Taipei 101 in the…

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Shrimping: A Uniquely Taiwanese Experience

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Las Vegas has its slot machines, New Zealand has its outdoor adventures, Taiwan has shrimping (釣蝦 / diao xia)! One thing that I definitely wanted to experience in Taiwan was catching shrimp. It’s a popular activity at some night markets and various shops around larger cities where people will often congregate at to have a beer and relax. The location…

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The Art Scene in Kaohsiung

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I love street art and outdoor exhibits, so when I discovered that Kaohsiung (高雄 / gao xiong) had a large art presence, I knew I had to check it out. The hub seems to be the area around the Hamasen Railway Cultural Park (哈瑪星鐵道文化園區 / ha ma xing tie dao wen hua yuan qu) and Pier2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區 /…

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Sushi and Sashimi and a Relaxed Pace

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One of the places it was recommended that we check out while in Taipei was RAW. Unable to get a reservation, and off of our Addiction Aquatic Development-high, we went with another highly-rated restaurant in Xinyi District, Fresh Station Sushi & Fruits (逸鮮棧 / yi xian zhan). As we entered the restaurant on a quiet side street, we checked-in and…

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Chocolate Lover Paradise

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Knowing that I enjoyed very dark chocolate, I was taken to downtown Taichung to check out and old ophthalmic hospital, Miyahara (宮原眼科 / gong yuan yan ke). Long gone are the days of checking out people’s eyes though. This building has since been converted into an ice cream shop and chocolatier. Miyahara features dozens of creative flavors, many of which are…

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Tea Shopping at Taipei’s Oldest Tea Shop

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My friends jokingly (and lovingly) call me a tea snob. I have tea for months stockpiled at this point and enjoy concocting my own boba drinks for friends. It’s no surprise that one place I have to drop by each trip is Linhuatai Tea Shop (林華泰茶行 / lin hua tai cha hang). Linhuatai is an amazing tea shop located in Datong…

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Hiking the Jade Green Hills of Dakeng

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Wanting to get in some hiking while in Taiwan, one morning, we made our way to the eastern side of Taichung to check out the views at Dakeng (大坑 / da keng). Dakeng is a large recreational area marked by forests and trails. There are 10 trails with difficulty levels ranging from one star (suitable for all) to three stars…

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Exploring One of The World’s Last Type Foundries

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In an age of 0’s and 1’s, of digital correspondence being sent in a flash, it’s humbling to think of a time when print had to be manipulated and placed by hand. Nowadays, newspapers and books are mostly created on the computer. Way back when though, moveable type would have been used, in conjunction with a printing press, to produce…

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Getting My Seafood Addiction On

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Before I went to Taiwan, I asked for recommendations from my friends. One of the top recommended places to dine was Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產 / shang yin shui chan) located near Songshan Airport (松山機場 / song shan ji chang). Addiction Aquatic Development is a large complex that contains a huge market and four restaurants. I didn’t know what to expect…

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Riding the Cronut Trend

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Coming off of the cronut craze in the US, I dropped by Drip Cafe to checkout how Taiwanese do the croissant donut (可拿滋 / ke na zi). The location that I went to is one block off of Zhongxiao East Road. Here’s what the cafe looks like from the outside. So quaint and unassuming. The interior felt modern and Asian…