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Trip to Ho Li

Just got back in Taipei after our 4 day trip, here is the break down... So on Sunday we took off for the town of Ho Li. We took a 2 hour bus from Taipei, it was actually a very nice bus, we had our own personal tvs and reclining seats. We got to Ho Li, Matt, Jess and I checked into our hotel while Yushin went to go visit her family that lived there.
More scooters

More scooters

To Pass the time we went to the art gallery museum and saw a very cute exhibit of children book illistrations and art work. After watching "Percy Jackson and the Lightening Theif" at the Hotel, Yushin and her family picked us up and we headed into the country side. We went to this temple up in the hills and stroled around for a bit. On the way there we bought some pineapples from a nearby pineapple farm. soooooooo good!
Yushin and pineapples

Yushin and pineapples


Temple Time in Ho li

Temple Time in Ho li


Angry Birds on a hike

Angry Birds on a hike

It started to rain so we headed to a small town to get some food. It was a very home grown meal, lots of tatsy veggies, shrimp and beer! Poor Matt didn't like the heads on the shrimp so Jess, Yushin and I ate most of them.
County Dinner

County Dinner

The rain stopped so we decided to drive back into the mountain to go see the fireflies. They supposedly light up the enitre hillside! After abouty a 30 minute drive we get higher and higher into the jungle
In the Ho Li mountains

In the Ho Li mountains

We finally stop at the entrance to the park and start walking down as the last bit of light is gone. Soon enough we start seeing the fireflies. There were so many. As cheesy as it sounds, it was pretty magical, walking through a jungly forrest with sparkly lights everywhere. Sadly after about 30 minutes it started pouring rain again so we had to go back, but it was worth it for that short amount of time. We stopped at Mc Donalds to pee and get some snacks, then headed back into town. We ended the night by getting tons of Taiwan beer and watching "Twilight: New Moon" on tv and lauging our asses off :P

I will tell the tale of our Kenting trip later. I'm off to go get some food and start hte night. Miss you all!!!

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Temples and Museums

Today we explored a temple in the middle of the city as well as the MOCA Taipei! Finished it off with a tasty dinner with new friends. Here's some pics!!
Yushin and the stars

Yushin and the stars


Me and the temple

Me and the temple

Lazer bed at MOCA

Lazer bed at MOCA


Yushin Checks out Blue Guy

Yushin Checks out Blue Guy


Laser Door at MOCA

Laser Door at MOCA


Yushin's corner at MOCA

Yushin's corner at MOCA

Dinner!

Dinner!

Tomorrow we are heading for the souther beach town of Kenting. Don't know how much blogging will get done, hope to write again soon!

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Day Two in Taiwan

We finally got a good night sleep, so hopefully we can last later than we did last night. So yesterday we woke up super early because of jet lag and Yushin's mom took us out for breakfast. It was a hot soy milk and pastry place, wher ethey give you bowls of hot soy milk and fried pastries to dip it in. Also got some egg dishes and salty soy milk with onions and bread which was really good!
First breakfats in Taipei

First breakfats in Taipei

Yushin went to go visit some family members so Jess, Matt and I explored Taipei. We took a bus to the main metro station and there was one of the underground malls. Row after row of clothes, bags, jewlery, trinkets and other cutsy things. I got an awesome purse for 3$ and Jess got some ridiculous shorts. Then Jess took us to Mister Donut, which is a Japanese Donut place, and it was sooooo good. The texture of the donut is like mochi, very tasty!
delicious donuts

delicious donuts

We found the hostel Matt and Jess were going to check into and then wandered around some more. Found a very cute cafe to have our after noon snack and coffee, then we met up with Yushin to go to the photo place where she and Jess are going to take their sexy photos next week. Very ridiculous but it looks fun. Then we went by the university to go to this boardgame cafe called the Witch House. It was a really cool cafe, tatsy drinks and soooo many games. We played SStone Age and Jess kicked our butts.

Witch House

Witch House

After that we did some more wandering and went to this Japanese/ Western resturant for dinner. I got a very tasty fried pork and egg dish. We were all plannign to go to some crazy night club that night to crash a birthday party be we were sooooo tired to we decided to get drinks at a barinstead. We met up with Jess's friends and met a guy at their hostel to tag a long with us. We found this ridiculous Punk bar, which looked like it belonged in Austin. After that we stumbled home to sleep. Here some more random pics:Night Market

Night Market

Scooters

Scooters

tasty Dinner

tasty Dinner

Posted by Neato24 21:44 Archived in Taiwan Comments (2)

Soooooo Tired

zzzzz

Not going to be a very long post, way too tired, jet lag is a bitch!!! All I can say is that we walked a lot, saw a lot and ate a lot. Hopefully after a good night's rest I can post more.... good night

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Made it!

Made it to Taiwan! We are staying in Taipei with Yusin's parents, its a pretty nice place. Our flight was decent. Me Jess and Yushin got a little nauseous in the middle of the flight because of the food, but a nap and some soda water fixed that. Watched 3 movies on the flight and took a looooong nap, so time went by pretty fast fro a 14 hour flight. We got to the airport and met up with Yushin's uncle and Dad and waited for Matt to arrive. Once we met up with him we drove to the apartment dropped our stuff off and went to a night market for a late night street food dinner. I had a simple veggie noodle soup, and some red bean paste cakes. Now we are all ready to hit the hay. Tomorrow we are going to book our travels for the rest of the country and explore Taipei. Good Night!

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Last Night in LA

Goodbye friends!!

sunny 65 °F

Woohoo, new travel blog! I'm all nerves and can't sleep as I'm still making plans and researching this trip. Not too worried about the Taiwan part of the trip since I will be with Jess and YuShin who are pros. It's the solo travel in Australia I'm most nervous about, but I'm sure it will be fine...

Had an awesome last few days in LA. Hanging out with friends, Rusko concert and watching some Spartacus was a great way to say goodbye. Now I am ready for adventure! Leaving in 3 days..... :D

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