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Exploring the Grand Canyon of Taiwan

On the east coast of Taiwan sits a sleeping giant, Taroko Gorge (太魯閣 / tai lu ge). Taroko Gorge is an almost 12 mile long (19 kilometer) canyon with a river that spills out into the Pacific Ocean. Because of…

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Getting My Cold Noodle Fix in Downtown Chiayi

Given the choice between a warm or cold dish of the same kind, I will often default to wanting the cold version. I also love eating different types of noodles. It’s no surprise, consequently, that I love Taiwanese sesame paste…

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What Happens in Taiwan When Malls Open

Most of the time, I don’t wake up early enough to catch stores opening. Each time I have woken up early enough to be one of the first to enter large stores, I’ve noticed a big difference from the US….

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A $400 Mistake in Jiufen

Traveling in Taiwan, I’m lucky to have Mandarin speakers around me. If it was just me exploring the island, I’m not sure that I would have seen all the things I have so far. I’m grateful for this. That said…

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Bucket Lists

The Ultimate Bucket List of Things to Do in Japan

From the super fast bullet trains to viewing cherry blossoms, there’s so much to experience in Japan. I wanted to start this bucket list as a way of keeping track of the various things I would like to see, eat,…

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