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Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 6 – Taipei

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 6 – Taipei

After a late night, it was another late start.  It was my last full day in Taiwan, and I needed to make the most of it.  After much deliberating (I wish I was more Jack Bower out of 24 sometimes) I decided to scrap the Wu Lai idea as I thought I would possibly pass […]

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 5 – Toroko Gorge – Taipei

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 5 – Toroko Gorge – Taipei

I woke expecting to see a Hurricane Katrina aftermath; instead it was a crisp, clear morning, the sky was blue, the mountains looked lush, and I immediately phoned Tonny, the taxi driver whom I’d met at the station the evening before.  We arranged a 10am pickup from my hotel.  I only had one day, so […]

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 4 – Tainan – HuaLien

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 4 – Tainan – HuaLien

Sent my mum a Happy Birthday text.  Yes, I’d finally got a SIM card.  It had taken only 30 minutes of waiting in a 7-11, speaking to customer service executives on the phone, the photocopying of all my vital documents, signing loads of forms, being fingerprinted and paying 303 NTD!  Never known anything like it […]

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 3 – Tainan

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 3 – Tainan

Managed to get out of the hotel and to Taipei Main Station, head spinning, where I caught the 12:45 high speed rail (HSR) train to Tainan in the south of Taiwan.  HSR, or bullet train, is just like the shinkansen in Japan that links Tokyo to Osaka.  It whisked me to Tainan in under 2 […]

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 2 – Taipei

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 2 – Taipei

Woke up around 2, again at 3, and again at 5.  What a waste of a day, languishing in a small hotel room, prisoner of the symptoms of one who has clearly overdone it with the drink the night before.  I left as the sun was setting, and made it as far as McDonalds.  I […]

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 1 – Taipei

Taiwan Sept 2010 Day 1 – Taipei

I flew China Airlines for the 4.5 hour flight to Taipei, Taiwan.  Lovely airline, very comfortable, good food, and lots of refreshing Chinese tea.  The hostesses were impeccably polite, and spoke in a kind of American-Chinese accent.  ‘Would you care for more tea?’ they kept enquiring.  Very well-drilled.  Got to the airport and went straight […]

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