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I met up with Kim in the early evening and we decided to hit up one of the night markets about half an hour away. She’s a local girl I met through CS who’s studying medicine at Taipei Medical University. Super smart and very cool.
With her as my guide I tried so many new foods. We started off with pig blood cake, which was delicious! Check out this post by another blogger to read all about it: My Inner Fatty: Taiwanese Pig’s Blood Cake. We followed this up with pepper pie, bubble tea, Taiwanese style “hot dog” aka “small sausage in big sausage” (a pork sausage inside of a rice sausage acting as the bun), watermelon juice, and coffin bread filled with chicken, lamb, pineapple, and a thin layer of chowder like sauce. The last thing I was able to fit into my stomach was a tiny pastry filled with mango ice cream. I really don’t know how I was able to finish it off, but it was so delicious! I don’t think I’ve tried anything so far that I haven’t enjoyed in some way or another (except the stinky tofu… but I think that’s an acquired taste).
Started off my evening with a cup of Nicaraguan pour over from Beauty Coffee. It’s literally a hole in the wall, one man operation. He roasts, packages, and serves everything himself from a tiny corner shop that’s open to the sidewalk. Continue reading
Couldn’t sleep after waking up around 4am, so I decided to go for a short run/walk… that turned into a 3 hour run/walk.
After spending the whole day with Angela hopping on and off the metro, I figured I was ready to give it a go by myself to a new place I’d never been to before, with 2 transfers in the process. Having Google Maps in my pocket with a working GPS helps like no other, but relying on it too much is what eventually caused problems.
Trying to get used to the time difference. Not sure if not getting any real rest on the plane rides helped or hindered my jetlag.
The first thing I did when I landed was to head over to the information booth at the airport and grabbed myself a handy-dandy “free wi-fi service“. The government set up hotspots all over the country that you can use while traveling or near those buildings. It’s already helped me out while trying to find out information near the metro stations.
Once I checked in to my hostel I decided to look for some bars near the area. Apparently Taipei doesn’t really have a big “bar” scene, you can usually drink at a restaurant or just grab a couple of beers from your local supermarket or 7-11 and drink anywhere, streets included. I decided to go to a place near by that I’d researched while still in San Diego called “Revolver“. I wandered over there a bit past midnight and found myself in a pretty small bar with lots of foreigners. I was actually quite surprised, but I didn’t complain when I saw they had nachos on the menu. Continue reading