To start off this entry…When people said the food was pretty good in Taiwan, they lied, IT’S AMAZING. I can’t stop eating and my stomach doesn’t seem to know if it’s full or not. But possibly the jet lag, the humidity, and the irritability of the day might have done something to my appetite.
Honestly airplane congee is SO BOMB, Eva Airlines gave us two meals, one dinner consisting of mash potatoes, chicken, and other stuff (wasn’t worth taking a picture of) at 11:30pm, and one breakfast at 3:30am (ridiculously random timesIt was so freaking good. The fish floss packet was confusing for the longest time until the passenger next to me opened the packet and we looked at it and got all excited saying “OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” pretty loud on the airplane that people stared to turn to look at us, but honestly that congee was sooo good. If Asian airplane food is like that I can only imagine what the food in the city would be like.
Breakfast Food on the Plane
So we finally land at 5:30amish, get through immigration and what not, use my awkward Chinglish to buy me a bus ticket to the city! I was successful and knew some basic words, but sadly I had a hard time understanding the locals when they say numbers.
View During Bus Ride
First View of Taipei
I reach the bus station where I’m suppose to meet my dad. Reason why my dad is in Taipei before me is because he was traveling around Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam just for fun and taking around his friend Joe (super cool guy) Asia. Anyways, I get to Taipei Main Station and for the longest time, I’m wandering around taking pictures while I’m trying to find my dad, I get scared and honestly who wouldn’t I’m in a City where I barely know the language, mopeds are driving around so fast almost running me over, I give up trying to find my dad and I figured he was probably still sleeping because it was 7am in the morning. I take a taxi because I didn’t want to drag around my luggage anymore, trip ended up being only $2.50. When I get to his hotel, the front desk attendant states “Oh he left an hour ago saying he was going to pick you up at the bus station.” Awkward, basically I left my dad there too.
But he comes back to the hotel room where I’m Skyping my mom and Christine’s niece with Joe, and everyone except me thinks you have to shout in order to have a proper conversation on Skype. We ended up making the people in the next room angry because we woke them up.
After that, we check out of the hotel, wander around trying to find the train station that will take us to my university, National Taiwan University. That took forever and we were all pretty exhausted with the walking and the humidity everywhere, luckily the train system over here is really easy and there’s so many lines like the blue, red, green, etc and it comes every 7 minutes which is super convenient.
Inside of MRT
We eventually find my dorm (yay!) But realize we have to buy a mattress, and other random crap for it (I’ll post pictures later of my dorm). It’s simple, small, I like it. It has air conditioning, my favorite haha. After we get all that settled out and checking into my dad’s hotel, we got lunch, my very first meal in Taiwan, and though it’s really humid, eating these noodles made the heat slightly more unbearable but they were SOOOO GOOD!! I don’t know what they’re called in Chinese since my dad order but they were so delicious and cheap! I think about $4 per bowl? Afterwards, dad and Joe decide to take me to Tamsui.
View from the MRT
It’s about a 30 min train ride but honestly, it’s sooo pretty! The water front, stands, all the families walking around and adorable fat Asian children running around (I have this little obsession with children…). It was so nice. We walk through the markets, walk up this huge ridiculous hill so they could show me this fort that was built when the Spanish and English took over (I mostly agreed to check it out because it had air conditioning…It was interesting though!). I took some pictures but they’re not that great so here’s a wikipedia link of the Fort if anyone is interested haha.
There’s food EVERYWHERE. I don’t know the names of all the dishes I ate, but I’ll start writing down the names so I can label the pictures. Everything is SOOO ridiculously delicious!
Market Street in Tamsui
Sugar Cane Drink in Tamsui
Cute Little Stand Thing in Tamsui…
It was too cute not to take a picture with.
Frogs in a Tank to Sell in Tamsui…I don’t think they’re selling them as pets…
Utensils in Every Food Stand
I was somewhat surprised to see that in every single food stand I’ve been eating at, they use really thing plastic spoons and simple wooden disposable chopsticks, but I suppose with all the customers that come in and with the small spaces, it’s reasonable to use disposable utensils.
Dessert! With Custard Middle
I’m not sure what these are called, but they’re really good and cheap!
Milk Tea in a Bottle!
Tastes super good too :D
Joe and his Ice Cream
Ice Cream is served in the markets this way.
Basically I just ate a lot…But Tamsui is really pretty! And food is sosoooo goood here.