My trip to Sun Moon Lake took two days in total. While I wish we’d squeezed a third day in as a breather, it was still enough time to take in everything we wanted to: the boat rides, the hikes, the pagodas, the temples, the tea eggs, the sun rise… and then… Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village.
If you’re a lover of warm weather, Taiwan is definitely the place for you. In the week I spent wandering around, Taipei stayed at an average of 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) during the daytime, if not hotter.
If you’re more of a cold weather fan like me, signing up for such a warm climate can ensure you’ll spend most of your trip sweaty, tired, and in desperate need of ice-cold drinks on hand 24/7. With this in mind, I opted to get out of the city as much as possible during my stay.
Enter: Yangmingshan National Park.
Having lived in Japan for several years, I was reassured to spot familiar convenience store and restaurant signs the minute I arrived in Taipei. Family Mart. Sushi Express. Royal Host. I’ll get around no problem, I told myself confidently. At this rate, I’ll be bustling about like a local!
Ahaha, oh past me, you’re funny.
In today’s post, I’d like to share with you the top moments where I was hit with a reminder of how differently Taiwan operates.
As it’s summer and Japan is oppressively hot and humid, I decided to escape to another country for a week–Taiwan, which is even hotter. Makes sense, right?
Learning to make local food is always a highlight for me when I travel. In Korea, I learned how to make dukbokki and not only ended up with a heap of delicious food, but with the satisfaction that I had learned about new ingredients and how to use them.
So when my friend came to visit me, we figured that trying some traditional Japanese food would be a great idea. The question was: sweet, or savory?
…Actually, I lied. That wasn’t a question at all. We both have huge sweet tooths.