Posts Tagged Taipei

Random Signs from Taipei

I thought the signs around Taipei were funny.  Signs on vehicles, in the subway, store names, massage parlors and on windows.  My favorite sign is the one from a restaurant that had toilets as seats and fake poo all over the tables and on the walls… it was hilarious.  Needless to say, we didn’t eat there.

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Scooter Gangs?

Never have I ever been witness to soo many scooters.  When the light turned green, I kid you not, 50+ scooters went through the intersection.  I thought, ‘Whoa, check out the scooter gang’.  Then I realized that at the opposite stop light were just as many or more scooters waiting for the light to change.  Scooters lined the streets by the hundreds.  Most of them were beat up and very worn.  It was insane.  Entire parking lots were designated for scooters only, and they were FULL.  It’s normal for every inch of the road to be utilized in order to fit in a row or two of scooters that weave between cars.  Taiwan has a serious scooter culture.

In this last  picture, look at the far right scooter.  It has a family of 3.  We even saw a family of 4 riding around a few times, some holding infants.  People rode scooters with their dogs, their children, holding pizza, hauling very large tanks of propane… Surprisingly they don’t have many accidents either.

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Taiwan Flowers

Even more amazing flowers spread out through Taiwan.
Taipei is hosting the 2010 International Flower Expo. I saw them fixing and repairing the stadium on our visit.The event seems to be a big deal for the area.  Taipei is also home to the International Gardening and Horticultural Expo. After seeing the Taiwan country side and witnessing some of the natural beauty, I can see why such Expos choose this area to host.  I did not, however, get any pictures of the Botanical Garden.  It was an amazing sight to see, but I did not have the camera.

Purple Lotus (DSCN1240) Coreopsis

flower in the rain ?? Water lily

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Night Markets

You can smell the Stinky Tofu from a block away.  It’s the kind of stink that curls your nose hairs.  The kind of smell that almost makes you not hungry anymore.  But I’ll be darned if it didn’t taste OK.  I can’t say that it was great tasting because the smell was too much.

Stinky tofu lives up to its name

Stinky tofu lives up to its name

Night markets are common in Taiwan.  I read that Taipei is the New York of Taiwan, because it is a city that never sleeps.  The markets don’t start until 7pm, don’t get busy until 10pm and some of them don’t end until 5am.  Soo many people all with one thing on their mind….. food.  Fresh fruit, batter-fried meats, tofu, squid, a hundred varieties of fish, rice cakes, kebabs, smoothies, lo mein, fried rice, egg fried pancakes… Most people look for the dumplings, dim sum, mandu, whatever name you want to call them… the meat or veggie filled balls of goodness.  Luckily for me, there are many of them made out of rice and not wheat.  Other than food, I found inexpensive purses, shirts, shoes, souvenirs, bugs, paintings, nik-naks, and just about anything else you can think or want.

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Come to Taiwan… Welcome to the Sweat Box

Day 1 was a success.  I don’t have a way to post any pictures at the moment, but will as soon as I return home.

  • Met Bobert (our good buddy) at the airport
  • Confucius Temple
  • Taoist Temple
  • Night Market
  • Reflexology foot massage
  • Bubble tea
  • Heat, heat and more heat
  • Scooters that look like they’re part of a traveling gang… there are sooo many here
  • Amazing food!!

Taipei 101Taipei101??

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