Taipei: Days 1 to 3

I arrived in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday afternoon. After getting out of the airport and into the city I stopped by a fortune teller stand and talked with a lady named Phoebe about learning fortune telling. I soon learned that it's more of a scam to pay 1,000,000 NTD (around $30,000) to learn fortune telling, but I should meditate more and get in touch with my spiritual side.

The hostel I'm staying at is one of the better ones. The common room has a lot of space and light. The capsule bed has clean sheets and duvet. I feel I'm more at home in Taipei since I still know some Mandarin. I decided I need to stay in Taiwan for at least a month.

I've been in touch with Chris, the Polish guy whom I had met in Tokyo. He will be coming to Taipei next week and we plan to meet. He will only stay in Taipei for a few days before going to the Philippines. After he leaves I'm thinking of cycling the perimeter of Taiwan by renting a bicycle from a store in Taipei. I will investigate how I will do that today by visiting a Giant bike store.

I didn't do any exploration on the second day of my stay in Taipei, but I made it up yesterday when I walked to the 228 Peace Park, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Yongkang Street, Daan Forest Park, and the Taipei Public Main Library. I walked so much that I was a subway station away from the Taipei 101 tower before I decided to take the subway back to the hostel.

The people at the hostel are more lively and there are a lot of folks in their 20s. I ended up talking to an older Australian man named David this morning and an Indian dude from Singapore named Rom. Since I'll be staying in Taipei for quite a long time I don't have the urgency to explore every bit of the city. At the same time, I hope I won't get bored either.

The moon in the underground mall of Taipei Main Station

I still can't taste anything :-(

My favorite Japanese restaurant, Sukiya, is in Taipei!

So many mopeds

The common area in the hostel

I finally did some praying at a temple

The pavilions at 228 Peace Park

Sculptures at 228 Peace Park

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall gardens

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall close-up

Chiang Kai-shek statue

Chiang Kai-shek sitting on a chair reminds of the Lincoln Memorial in DC

Yongkang Park

Turtles in Daan Forest Park

Taipei Public Main Library

So close to the Taipei 101 tower, but I turned around, saving it for another day.