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Taipei: A sense of relaxation

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I was procrastinating all morning as to whether I should fill an entry into this blog. And why? just because I took it simple yesterday and didn't do much in terms of sight seeing and didn't feel that I had much to put forward.

But then I questioned myself on the intent of me writing this blog in the place. Yes, it was a way to capture my travel experiences, but as the title suggests, it is my attempt at reconnecting with myself and that can be done in just resting and relaxing too. My flight for Taipei was at 1115am and I decided I would rather get to the airport early and so I left Hostel Hatagoya at 6:15am with the intent of reaching the airport by 930 at the latest as I had a feeling that with the plum wine in my bag, I would likely have to check in.

Things went very smoothly at the airport and for once I didn't feel that I was picked on by the airport security. I have a knack of being picked for a "random" check almost 99% of the time. So it was good to get through things and then spend some time in Narita airport. There did come an opportunity though where I was offered a business class seat if I chose to take a much later flight getting into Taipei at almost 10pm in the night. Now, I chose to decline this as I was going to a new place and I wasn't sure what to expect. Do I regret not taking the chance once I got to Taipei... yes very much so..... maybe the next time... I will take that chance :) Lesson Learned.

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My first impressions of Taipei...... simply beautiful.... looks even much better than Japan and to be honest North America. The infrastructure system seems to be just to the point with things just flowing. It was an hour journey from the Tayoun International Airport to the Da'an district which is where I would be staying for the next few days. The token is the ticket pass for a one way trip to Taipei City and costs NT150 (NT100 equates to CAD 4.25) The cleanliness is something that I was really surprised and to top it off, it hasn't come across as being busy.

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As I reached Taipei City and transferred over to the Green Line to head to my hostel, I started researching on the things to do and eat while in the city. Obviously, I was hungry after being awake since 545am and barely having eaten anything. The hostel was a short walk from the station (hardly 5 minutes) and was well greeted by staff at the place. A lot of international students/young professionals staying at the place and it is by far the best place that I have stayed in my trip so far.

I decided to chill and rest my ankle and talk to the people in the hostel to get an idea on things that I should like look into for the next few days. I have 3 days and I want to rest yet explore the place. Beitou district is one that I might consider going to for Wednesday which is where the natural hot springs are at. I would also like to go the Observatory, the night markets, the zoo and likely to a temple or shrine.

For the rest of the day, I am going to take a quick tour of the Shinda Night Market, grab something to eat and rest and relax. That started me on the journey to have the Fried Chicken from the famous Shi Yun shop (NT60), 5 pan fried pork dumplings (NT40), roti canai (NT30) and papaya milk (NT35) . I must say.... I love the food here. I really can't wait to try the rest of the local cuisine :)

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It is nice to just take a break and rest and relax! I am looking forward to the next few days in Taipei before my return back to Edmonton.

Posted by soulsearch295 17:13 Archived in Taiwan Tagged taipei tayoun shinda

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