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Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th

OK, now its time for some Aussie goodness...

Friday

On Friday morning I landed in Sydney, what a change from China!! Everyone was so nice and I had to keep myself from giggling every time some one talked to me (Especially the guys, they all call you 'Love') My first thing to eat here was a chicken Fillo ( i think that was what it was called). It was this flakey pastry thing with gooey chicken inside, soooo tasty. After a short flight to Brisbane, I bought a train ticket to the main station and was on my way. The trains here are pretty easy to use, but are a bit pricey. After walking for two blocks I was at my hostel. It was in a row of different backpacker hostels so there were lots of young people hanging around. Since I booked so early online, they upgraded me to a six person girl room, right next to the bathroom. I said a quick hello to my room mate in the room at the time then passed out for 3 hours. I woke up around 6 and decided to peak around the hostel, see what kind of stuff they had. They have a computer room, outdoor pool and huge lounge area, a bar, cafe and a movie theater. Plus an amazing view!
First Night in Brisbane

First Night in Brisbane

I meet my other two room mates, Steph from Canada and Jenny from Ireland, then I grabbed a bite to eat. I hung out around the hostel until around 9, then I head to the movie theater (They call them cinemas here) to watch X-Men: First Class. As I told Yushin and Jess, I'm afraid of making a fool of myself in an english speaking country, and sure enough, I couldn't figure out the straw holder and the GORGEOUS aussie guy working the register asked if we didn't have straws in states. Mortified. I should have gotten a glass of wine to nurse my pride. That's another thing about the cinemas here, all sell booze and you can bring it in to the theater, awesome! I loved the movie, it was a bit meladramatic, but hot damn, Magneto was fiiiiiiine. Mmmm. Anyways, I went back to the hostel around 11pm and passed out again.

Saturday

I slept for about 12 hours but still felt sooo tired. I chatted with my roommates a bit before they headed out and I stumbled up to the kitchen to eat some fruit and surf the web. Later in the afternoon I felt well enough to go exploring, so I followed the main road into the city. They city here is really laidback and nice, its strange how clean the air here is and how nice the weather is, never been in a city like it before. I crossed the river over to South Bank where they usually have a man made beach that's really nice, but since all the floods this winter, it was closed. You can still see the effects of the flood in the river. its up really high and all brown and murky. People that I talk to say its usually pretty clear and blue. There were still plenty of things to see. I walked along the whole bank, there were street markets, forest pathways and some cute coffee shops. It was nice and relaxing. Then I headed back over the bridge.
IMG_2391

IMG_2391


Me and the River

Me and the River


Broken Beach

Broken Beach

I walked down the Queens street mall, which was an outdoor mall, then went on the hunt for a coffee shop. I found a cool one in what was once a really old hotel. I got a latte and sat for about an hour just reading my book. It was sooooo nice.
First Coffee Shop

First Coffee Shop


Mmm, Latte

Mmm, Latte

I headed back to the hostel and took a nice long shower. I ran into Steph and Jenny again and got dinner with them. They were both very nice and we got long really well They both work here in Brisbane and have been looking for long term housing for awhile, right after they tell me about this, a landlord calls them and tells them they can take a room in this boarding house nearby. They were both super happy so we went out for drinks to celebrate. I finally got my first drink in Australia! First we got drinks in our hostel, everyone was already really drunk there and you couldn't understand what they were saying, especially with their accents, so we went to another hostel bar further in town. There we got hit on by my first aussies! It was pretty ridiculous, I was so amused. The first guy did magic tricks on us, they weren't that good, he left soon after. At the end of the night 2 more guys tried their luck with us and were VERY amused that I was from California, and were trying to teach my 'slang' from Australia, but my room mates said it was bull. The bar closed and the two guys disappeared into the night. The three of us head back to the hostel and pass out.

That's all for now, I will write about my awesome Sunday and Monday later. Goodnight!

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Last Days in Taipei

On to Australia

Last days in Taipei...

Wendesay

When we woke up we headed into the city for jess and yushin to pick their photos out. All of their pics looked amazing! It was fun helping them choose which ones to keep. Their boys are going to be very happy with them ;P We went to go get coffee after since we were so sleepy and it had started raining. Just drank and chatted for a while.

Afterwards we went to this famous dumpling place that has a store in Arcadia, Ding Tai Fung I beleieve it was called? Well the dumples were pretty delecious and we got some tatsy veggies too. It was a good last lunch.
Ding Tai Fung Dumplings

Ding Tai Fung Dumplings


Matt Yushin and the TDF Dude

Matt Yushin and the TDF Dude

After that we went looking for some last minutes gifts for people, we decided to hit up the underground mall. Found lots of good cute things for gifts. We were walking by the claw machine games and I just HAD to win before I left. So the claw machines in Taiwan have the CUTEST prizes, the machines themselves are white and soft pink and have the best fun little stuffed animals. The employees open the glass and rearrange the animals after some one is done playing. So it's almost impposible to get them. But I thought I would try a new tactic by just knocking the llama into the hole instead of picking it up. Sure enough, first try, I got the little sucker! We all were so excited, must have looked like big dorks.
Me and my llama

Me and my llama

After that we headed back to the house so matt and Jess could pack for their flight. It was sad that they were leaving, I didn't want the trip to end. We decided for our last dinner together we would do shabu shabu, individual hotpot. We walked to a place close to Yushin's house and it was pretty cheap and VERY tasty. We all got lamb and tatsty veggies, it was a great last meal. After we waddled home, Jess and Matt had to quickly gather up their things and we called them a cab to take them to the bus station. We said our goodbyes and they were on their way.

Yushin and I laid around for awhile and then we headed down to Ximen one last time to do some last minute shopping. We found some pretty decent cheap clothing stores and I bought a cute bunny T-shirt dress as well as a doodle hoodie. Of course we eneded the night with Mister Donut. I'm going to miss those donuts....
Sad cheese guy

Sad cheese guy


Last Night in Taiwan

Last Night in Taiwan

As I promised Yushin, we had a VERY long night of girl talk. Now we can hold each other hostage with our secrets, bwahahaha!

Thursdasy

Woke up around 10 without getting very much sleep and started packing. Yushin's mom made us a tasty noodle breakfast before I headed out. It was night having a homecooked meal for my last bite of food in Taiwan. Then I gathered my stuff and we took a taxi to the bus station that would take me to the airport. I said my good byes to Yushin and her mom, the 45 minute bus ride to the airport.

It was pretty easy checking in at the Taipei airport, everyone was really friendly and helpful. They even had free internet! Boy, was that not the case at the airport in China. After the 2 hour flight, we get off the plane and I follow the signs for international transfer. When I get there the booth is closed and someone told me to just go into the normal immigration line. The line is sooooooo long. I talked to this family who lived in Taiwan but were going to LA to visit their kids grandparents. They said their children were born in Taiwan and they could speak perfect chinese but they were white. They were very nice and helped me out with the signs and stuff. When I get up to the counter the lady looks at my passport and takes it! Tells me to go sit on the side area with a bunch of other westerners. None of us really know whats going on and about 20 minutes later a guy comes back with all of our boardingpasses and passports and hands them out, but then realizes they forgot to stamp our boarding passes so he takes them back. They then heard all of us to this security check where these very unpleasent women gave us pat downs while they checked our bags. VERY stressful, but finally made it through and went to my gate to sit for FIVE HOURS, ugg. Finally got on the plane for a 9 hour flight. I slept alright but of course it wasn't the best sleep. After watching the Mechanic and eating a meal we landed in Sydney....

And I will continue my Australia leg of the trip in the next entry. I'm not sure how I can get photos online from here, but I am looking into it! Also send me your address if you want a post card! Until next time!...

Posted by Neato24 21:24 Archived in Taiwan Comments (2)

Taipei pt 4

Monday and Tuesday

So took a bunch of pics of Brisbane so far, but im not quite sure how i am going to be able to upload them to this site, I will have to look into that. Anyways, here is more on Taipei...

Monday

So Monday morning Jess went to go meet Yushin for their photoshoot. Matt and I slept in pretty late, then we made our way over to Taipei 101, the second largest skyscraper in the world! We took the MRT (subway) to the city hall stop, but we werent quite sure the best way to get to the tower from there. As we were looking at the map, a little old lady, who was a volunteer for the MRT, came over and asked us if we needed help. We told her where we were going and she said there was a free shuttle bus to the tower. She told us to follow her and she darted off towards the exit. Mat and I ran after this little lady until we got outside to a bus stop. She assured us it was where the bus would come, and then she darted off again. Matt and I hung around the stop that was filled with a bunch of old people. When the bus came we were still a little confused if it was the right one, and the ancient man said "You need this bus, it goes to Taipei One Hundred and One!" in an old creepy voice. It was very cute, and we thanked him. The old people are so helpful in Taiwan.

So we were on our way, and soon we were dropped off out side. We wanted to get something to eat before we went to the top so we went to the food court to look for lunch. Most of the food places were japanese and had HUGE portions. After a few minutes of looking we gave up and got Mos Burger again. After our quick bite we went back out side and took some pics
Taipei 101 outside

Taipei 101 outside


Matt and Taipei 101

Matt and Taipei 101

We wandered around for awhile to find the consession stand to buy our ticket to go to the top. It was a ridiculous process, as you waited in line they take a green screen photo of you with 101 in the background, it was like we were going on an amusment park ride. We finally get to the elevator, which is the fastest in the world, and went up 80 floors in the matter of seconds. Made your ears pop! We make our way out to the viewing floor and its a bit crazy! I have never been in a super tall skyscraper, so to be up one of the tallest was amazing to me. The view was like looking off of a mountain!
View from 101

View from 101

We walked around the whole floor and then went and saw the famous Wind Damper! Matt was really excited about this, I wasn't quite sure how it worked, but it was a giant ball that helped the building move if there were high winds, I guess there were other dampers not on display for earth quakes and what not. There were even little mascots called "Damper babies" that were fun little characters representing 101. After we saw the whole place we left to go meet Yushin and Jess.

We took the MRT and met up with the girls and went for afternoon tea. We went to this fancy tea shop and got a snack and tea combo. They bring you all the tea they have so you can see and smell which ones you want. We picked a greeb tea and oolang. Then we got our tower of treats (snadwiches, scones and cookies) and just chilled out for a few hours
Afternoon Tea Time

Afternoon Tea Time

We went back to the hostel for a bit, and everyone napped, BUT I DIDNT!!! LOL, I refused and decided to read my book instead, then Yushin and I went to the night market for awhile. That night we planned on going to the Chiang Kai Shek memorial to have some beers, a very emo touristy thing to do, but first we decided to stop at a japanese place to get some dinner and some beer. Jess called her Friend Kelly and him and his friend Brian came to meet us. After a quick dinner we parted ways with Yushin and headed to 7 Eleven to get the beers. Another thing about Taiwan is there is no law about drinking on the streets, so we crack our beers open and walk to the memorial. Now this was all very sureal to me, the CKS memorial is HUGE, like one in Washington, so here we were at this massive monument in the dark with beers. We walked around the whole main building and picked a spot on the steps. We all chatted for awhile, then i pulled my cards out and we played some games until we finished our beers. Brian and Matt lost the game so we made them sing the national anthem, it was a stirring rendition.
Night Time at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Night Time at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall


Drinking on the CKS Memorial Steps

Drinking on the CKS Memorial Steps

The night was young, but Kelly wanted to get going because he was being eaten by mosquitos. We convinced him to go to Karaeoke. So we bough more beer and headed to a KTV place and got a room. It was all pretty ridiculous, they had the most random songs and some of them were chinese. We ordered more food and started singing. We almost went through the whole list of songs, some of the more notable ones were Careless Wisper and Eclipse of the Heart. We stayed until 4am and took a taxi back to the hostel. It was 5am by the time we got back, the sun was rising, it was a crazy night.

Tuesday

We were able to check out late since the three of us we pretty beat from our night before, so aound noon we stumbled from our hostel, back to Yushins parent's place. Matt took a nap and the rest of us just hung around and went online. It was pretty hot out so we were debating whether to go back to the hotsprings or not. We decided, why not, and headed out. For lunch we went to a goose place by Yushin's house. I had never tried goose before and it was really good, pretty greasey.
Greasy Goose

Greasy Goose

Then we haded on the long trip to the hotsprings. When we got off the MRT stop, we noticed a white guy handing out flyers. IT WAS A MORMON! LOL, I was so amused, I almost went up to talk to him. I opted to take a p[icture of him from across the street.
Mormans in Taiwan!

Mormans in Taiwan!

After a short walk, we got to the public hot springs. This place was outdoors and you wore a swim suit in it. When we got there we noticed it was mostly a bunch of old people. We change and go to get into the pool, and EVERYONE was starring at us, like over 30 people. I felt more comfortable being naked in the other hot springs. They were mostly staring at Matt's hair, plus he was breaking some rules by letting some of his hair get in the water and by sitting on the steps. After awhile though we got over it. There were about 7 pools. You go into the first pool which is the least hot, then you make your way up to the hottest pool. Yushin and I only got to the second hottest, we thought we could handle the hot pool but we couldnt even put our feet in and we scrambled back to the 2nd hottest pool. All of the old guys were laughing at us, and said, "Don't try it, it's too hot!" The men and women that were in the hotest pool, we witting silently, up to their necks with little towels no their heads, I had no idea how they were doing it. After ever couple of minutes or so we went to soak in the cool pools, which felt sooooo nice. We stayed there over an hour until we felt we had enough.
Hot Springs

Hot Springs

Earlier in the day we decided to go to a buffet, Jess and Yushin were really excited about it, and soon I would find out why. We got off at Taipei Main Station and went to this buffet. It was insanity, for about 30$ it was all you can eat of the tastiest japanese food. I'm talking sushi, sashimi, hand roll, beef, soup, beer, wine, fresh juice. It was overwhelming. I could not believe how much Yushin ate, sooooo much raw fish. I myself had about 8 pieces of Tuna, 2 pieces of salmon and 2 pieces of yellowtail, plus a bunch of other goodies. I ended the meal with 3 cups of creme brule..... Soooooo good and epic
Yushin and the buffet

Yushin and the buffet


So much sushi

So much sushi

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Taipei pt 3

Saturday and Sunday

Alright, made it to Australia, but nothing exciting has happened so far, I'll catch up on Taiwan...

Saturday

On Saturday we woke up late... again, and we went to the Ximen area to a place called Magic Curry. It's Kenny's favorite place so we decided to check it out. He was right in his recommendation, it was fantastic, I had never had non-Indian curry, and this stuff was pretty good. After we stuffed ourselves... again, we went to go check into our hostel.

The hostel was right next to Taiwan National university and it was in a really fun area, lots of bars and shops. It was pretty small but it was cute and clean, it was called the Cocolate Box Hostel. Here's some pics of us laying around
Yushin and the guide book

Yushin and the guide book


Nest Chair

Nest Chair


Chocolate Box Hostel

Chocolate Box Hostel

We all ended up taking naps, which was bad for me because when I nap, it makes me feel worse, so when everyone was ready to get up for dinner, i wanted/ needed to sleep some more. So Jess, Yusin and Matt went to grab some food and go to the night market while I caught some zzz. After waking up, I watched some "How I Met Your Mother" (pretty cute show), then I decided to explore the neigborhood. I ended up at this super cute/ pretty coffee place, ordered a decent cafe mocha and read my book for awhile, it was nice.

Met back up with everyone at the hostel, and we got ready to go out to the night club Luxy. Matt bought a new shirt for the ocassion and us girls got into some dresses. We took a taxi there and the place was hopping. It was decent price to get in, plus we got free drink vouchers so that was cool. This place looked like it belonged in vegas. Lasers, two stages, girls dancng on tables, it was fun! We started off in the hip hop room and got our drink on. We danced around for about an hour, waiting for midnight when the bartenders were SUPPOSED to juggle fire, but they didn't so we headed over to the House room. It felt like we were home, the DJ was playing good music, but no one was on the dance floor, so the four of us went wild and started dancing like crazy. Sure enough, we got the floor a little packed and the energy picked up. Jess and I were taking a break with Yushin, enjoying our drinks, and we noticed these two taiwanese girls watching Matt. He was doing his crazy dance, smoking his cig all alone on the floor, and the girls were just watching him and giggling over him. They finally went out on the floor to dance and then Matt turned and looked at them and the SCREAMED and ran away. Matt was too much to handle apparently.

After a few hours, Jess' friend Kelly and his two friends met up with us. We danced for a bit in the House room, then we moved back to the Hip Hop room and went and danced on the stage. We stayed there until around 3am, then We got in a cab and stumbled home to the hostel.

Sunday

Matt Jess and I woke up to meet Yushin and her friends for lunch. We went to this beef noodle soup place that was pretty tasty.
Beef Noodle Soup time

Beef Noodle Soup time


More tasty food

More tasty food

After lunch we walked a bt and went to this Mango Ice stand, all of us split two plates, and it was pretty tasty, although not too nice on our tummies :(
Mango Ice

Mango Ice

After that Yushin went to go hang out with her cousin, and Me, Matt and Jess went back to the hostel to nap. Yes, there was a lot of napping on this trip. We pull ourselves from bed and went to go find Jess a strapless bra for her sexy photo shoot the next day. We went to this super fancy Japanese mall, where everything is a million dollars! Not really, but it felt like it. Matt and I watched some ridiculous bra commercials in the bra section while Jess was trying stuff on. Selling bras is a serious occasion, because the ad involved crying and wet t-shirts and everything. After Jess was done, we headed down to the food court and got our first taste of Mos Burger, an asian fast food chain that pretty yummy. We got this beef burger thing, with the buns made out of rice, it was really good.
Mos Burger

Mos Burger

Since we were all so lazy we decided it would be fun to see a movie. We chose Fast Five since it seemed pretty fun and not too serious. How can you watch the Rock and Vin Deasle go at it and not have a good time? After that, we called it an early night and headed back to the hostel. Jess needed to get some beauty sleep before hers and Yushin's big photoshoot!

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Heading to Australia

Ahh! So Nervous!!!

Sorry about being behind on my Taiwan travels, I have been super tired and haven't had a good moment to write everything down. Im leaving for Australia in a few hours, Im super nervous! I have never traveled so far alone before, I'm also nervous about transferring flights in China, but I'm sure it will be OK, its an international airport so SOMEONE should be able to speak english if I run into trouble. I also have Yushin's phone number if I really need to call someone. So yeah, its going to be a loooooooong time traveling; a 2 hour flight to China, then a 4 hour layover, then a 10 hour flight to Sydney, then a 2 hour layover, then a 1 1/2 hour flight to Brisbane so a little over 20 hours of travel. Woohoo. So goodbye for now! I will write again, when I recover!!!

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Back in Taipei Pt 2

Friday

Woke up Friday morning to some rain and drizzle, but we were excited because today we were going to have Hot Pot AND go to Hotsprings. We realized which day it was and decided to show Yushin the Friday video by rebecca black because she has been missing out. She was obviously horrified and delighted at the same time.
Yushin watching the Friday Video for the first time

Yushin watching the Friday Video for the first time

We gathered our things for the hotsprings and headed over to Ximen for our hot pot lunch. Our new friend Kevin met up with us and we got a double pot table with 4 broths. We got a ton of meat and veggies, about 14 trays of meat ranging from beef, pork and lamb. For those of you that don't know what hot pot is, you have a bunch of raw meats and veggies and you cook them in the boiling broths. You have dipping sauce that you dunk the food in and you eat it up, at the same time having yummy broth to sip on. Its super fun and delicious, the perfect lunch on this rainy day.
Hot Pot!!!

Hot Pot!!!

After lunch, Matt bought a medical mask to wear like a local since he was still feeling sick, the effect was pretty comical. While we were waiting for him we looked around at some of the shops.
Sickly Matt

Sickly Matt


Forever 26, for the older crowd

Forever 26, for the older crowd

We headed to the hot springs area of Beitou on the Subway line, took us a little while to get there since it was out of the main city. It was pouring rain so we had bought umbrellas earlier on. When we got out of the station Jess goes to open hers up and the umbrella broke and sliced her finger open pretty bad. I was frightened of mine because it was the same cheap umbrella jess got , and sure enough the thing broke right away. So the 5 of us trudge through the streets in the rain looking for a good hot spring resort to go to. After about 20 minutes we settled on a hotel.
Searching for hot springs

Searching for hot springs

Hot Springs row

Hot Springs row

We paid about 11 bucks to do the hot springs, we separated from the boys because it was a nude bath, no clothing allowed! Jess, Yushin and head to the lockers, strip down, rinsed off and dove in! It was a little strange at first getting naked with your friends for the first time, plus there were about 5 other women there, but we got over it pretty quickly. Well, Jess and I did, Yushin proceeded to try and "cover up" the whole time, even though we had seen all the goods ;)

So this place being a Japanese bath, there was a really hot pool and a cold pool. You sit in the hot pool for a few minutes at a time, then you soak in the cold pool, switching back and forth. We soaked for over an hour and chatted, at the end we went and layed down on this big marble slab in the room, felt soooo nice.

We met up with the boys again and decided to go get some coffee. We walked around a bit and enjoyed the clearing skies, Yushin was sad abut her poofy hair.
Jess' new look

Jess' new look

Yushin is grumpy/ sad

Yushin is grumpy/ sad

We tried going back to the With House, but it was closed for an event, so we went to a fancy coffee house nearby. They served our expensive fancy coffee in cups and saucers, and the other kids played some dice game. It was nice and relaxing after our after noon of soaking.
Fancy Coffee

Fancy Coffee


Games in the coffee shop

Games in the coffee shop

Matt, Jess and I had wanted to check into a hostel that night, but we couldnt find any that we liked that wasn't over booked. After some searching, for found the Chocolate Box hostel and booked it for the next night. Yushin called it an early night, so me, Matt and Jess went to meet Jess' friends at a bar called The Revolver. There were a lot of foreigners there, so of them very strange. We met up with our new friends Daniel, Robyn, Joy and other people i can't remember their names. It was fun talking with everybody, just hanging out felt really natural and made it seem like we were just in another US city chilling out with friends. After I got a couple beers out of Matt and Daniel we headed back to Yushin's place. However, we ended up going on adventure instead when Jess drunkenly told the cab driver to go to the wrong town. Over an hour later, after stopping to ask shop keepers and firemen directions, we call Yushin and discover we are VERY lost and went completely the wrong way. Poor Jess was pretty embarrassed but it could happen to anyone. We finally made it back and hit the hay.

Thats all I can write about right now, super sleepy. Tomorrow is my last full day here and Jess and Matt are flying out, so I will try and finish up writing about the trip by then!

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Back in Taipei

Part 1

A bit behind on my blogging, sorry about that, just running around so much and I don't have any energy to get on the computer. So I left off when we got back to Taipei on Wednesday...

We got back to Yushin's place and Matt was still feeling pretty sick so he went to bed. In Taipei, Wednesdays are Ladies Nights and ladies can get into most clubs for free and get a drink deal. So Jess, Yushin and I spruced up, threw on some cute dresses and headed out into the night. We decided to go to the newest cool club called Spark, which is below Taipei 101 and is usually super expensive. Since all the clubs close around 4/5 we headed over there around midnight. When we first got there it was pretty packed but no one was dancing. We got a voucher for all you can drink well drinks until 2am so Jess and I got a few. The scene was mostly local Taiwan kids, sprinkled with some VERY tall western girls and some goofy looking white guys. After a few drinks, everyone spilled out onto the dance floor and it was pretty fun. We danced until 3am and headed home.
Spark Night Club

Spark Night Club

On Thursday after sleeping in the next morning, we dragged Matt out of bed to go to a dumpling place. They had very odd duplings but they were sooooo tasty.My favorite were the kimchi and the pork dumplings.
Tasty Dumplings

Tasty Dumplings

After gorging ourselves with dumplings, we split off from Jess who was going to get her hair cut, and Yushin Matt and I headed to the National Palace Museums. The have some of the best national treasures from mainland China, and they never loan them out to other international museums, so the stuff there is pretty cool.
National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum


Su Yet-Sen Statue

Su Yet-Sen Statue


They had a few famous pieces in the museum, including a piece jade that was cut to look like a realistic cabbage. They took the advertizing a bit far with it though and made little crtoon characters of the cabbage, sort of like the mascot of the museum, it was pretty silly.

We still hadn't heard from Jess, so the three of us headed to a coffee shop nearby. That side of Taipei was really cute, reminded me of San Francisco, a lot of green and hills. We got some snacks and chilled at the coffee shop for awhile.
Coffee Time

Coffee Time

We finally met up with Jess, her hair looked awesome! We headed to the night market nearby and did some shopping. The thing about Night markets are that they are a bit overwhelming. There is so much stuff, a lot of it looks alike, and there are so many people. The usual reactions for me are spend way too much money and buy every, or buy nothing at all. It also doesn't help the fact that all the cute clothes would NEVER fit me. Night Market is a GREAT motivator to get in shape ;)

At the end of night Matt was still feeling sick and Yushin was pretty sleep so they wanted to go back home, but Jess and I were still wide awake. The two of us went to a Japanese restaurant. We got some meat skewers, beer and sake. We chatted all night until the restaurant closed and kicked us out. We got some spicy noodle soup at 7 Eleven and went to bed.

Sake and Beer with Jess

Sake and Beer with Jess


I will write about the weekend a little later, got to go get some food right now and we might hit the hot springs one more time. Thanks for reading!!!

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Trip to Kenting

Sorry, haven't written a lot, been pretty wiped out at the end of each day. Anyways, here is out Kenting trip!

DAY 1

So on Monday we took a 2 hour train ride to the country's southern most large city of Kaohsiung. From there we took a two hour bus to the beach town of Kenting, at the very southern tip of Taiwan.
Train Time

Train Time

We get into town and make our way to our hostel. It is on this big plot of land in the Kenting national park, pretty huge. The ladies at the desk were really helpful and we got our room. It was suuuuper nice, two queen beds, our own bathroom and a huge flat screen TV.
Awesome Hostel in Kenting

Awesome Hostel in Kenting


No Smoking

No Smoking

After we got settled we took a walk down to the beach, it was beautiful, white sand and aqua waters. We walked the length of the beach and went up to the main street to find some food.
Beach time

Beach time

We stopped at a pub and got some chicken wings and drinks, then walked the main street back to the hostel. Once it got late we went out for Kenting's Night Market. TONS of yummy foods and stands the whole length of the street, so delicious. Tried some stuff that I have never heard of but everything was tasty. After we eat our fill, we we went to this trendy little bar called Lulu's. Very comfy and fun they were playing pop and hip hop. We headed back to the hostel and watched some Taiwan MTV before going off to sleep.
Tasty Night Food

Tasty Night Food


Kenting Night Market

Kenting Night Market

DAY 2

We slept in a little bit and then went on a hunt for some bikes to rent. We were happy that the weather was holding out since the forecast had said it would be pouring rain. We rented some bikes from the hostel and headed to the National Park. We soon realized the ride would be pretty tough trying to ride up into the forest, so we opted to ride along a country rode past some farms, it was an awesome ride.
Biking in Kenting

Biking in Kenting


Kenting National Park

Kenting National Park

After we ride for an hour we head back to the hostel then head to the beach. We tried to crash the big Hotel's beach area, but they caught us so we took to some lounge chairs at the very end of the big hotel's property. I was the only one that went into the water and it was soooo nice. Kenting really reminded me of Hawaii, very tropical and laid back. After hanging out at the beach for a few hours we head back to the hostel to wash up for another night of night Market. Matt had started feeling sick with a cold so he hung out at the hostel, so it turned into a ladies night! We got some more tasty food and did some shopping. All three of us got some cute lego watches and I got some trinkets. the best thing of all was that I found this super random Big Bang Theory shirt. It has Sheldon's "Soft Kitty" song on it and I HAD to have it. Its pretty much my favorite shirt, I am wearing it right now!!! We ended the night watching some Jersey Shore!

DAY 3

Slept in late again, packed our stuff and checked out of the hostel. Poor Matt was really feeling sick so he decided to stay at the 7 Eleven and eat a hot dog for lunch while the girls and I went looking for a more exotic meal. We found a nice little place on the main street, and Yushin and Jess ordered for us, all of it was great, and even got a crazy stew that reminded me of menudo, have intestines and spices and was really good. The only difference was it also had congealed pork blood, which wasn't my favorite thing, but it wasnt bad.
Blood and Guts Stew

Blood and Guts Stew

After having a bit of trouble finding our bus, we headed back to Kaohsiung. From there we took the bullet train back to Taipei! It was an awesome smooth ride, saw some awesome country side and we got to Taipei in 2 hours instead of 5.
Bullet Train

Bullet Train

When we got back to Taipei we were pretty hungry so we stopped at a tasty sushi chain place, where the sushi goes by on a conveyor belt. Much better than I was expecting, and pretty cheap too!
Sushi Time

Sushi Time

It was nice getting back to Taipei even though it was raining. It has been raining off and on since there is a Typhoon that is passing near Taiwan. So we will probably feel the effects of it for awhile. I will write some more about our latest adventures here soon, which include, clubbing, hot potting and hot springs!!!!
Back in Taipei

Back in Taipei

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