5 Things I Love About Taiwan

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January 10th, 2012. Currently in: Kanagawa, Japan / GMT+9

This blog post is also available in Japanese.

 

The time flies. It’s been already over two weeks since I returned to Japan from Taiwan. It’s great to be home, but I truly loved my life in Taiwan.

Before I forget it all, here are the 5 things I love about Taiwan.

 

1. Soy Milk and Taiwanese Pancake

These are my favorite breakfast, how I started my day in Taiwan.

In Taiwan, most people eat out as food is very reasonable. Many breakfast shops are open early and you see many people buying breakfast to take to their work. The soybean milk and tanpin (the Taiwanese pancake) taste quite different in every restaurant. I used to buy these two at the street stand near my office building every morning – truly delicious!

The lady and a younger man at the street stand are very nice, gave me big smiles when they see me every morning. When I wake up late, they tease me tapping on the watch “you’re late!”. They even let me taste their new menu.

This breakfast is my favorite not only because of its wonderful taste but also because of the warm time they gave me to start my day with a smile.

 

2. Kindest People

Taiwanese people are generally super kind. I was surprised by how nice they are when I first arrived, and always appreciated their personality.

People come talk to me to help when I am lost on a street. When I went into a wrong cafe to meet my friend, the staff at the cafe kindly walked me to the other cafe a few hundred meters away. People always give their seats for those who are older on MRT.

There were moments when I was touched how naturally kind Taiwanese people are to others, almost every day.

 

3. The Environment

I thought Taiwan has a great environment for living. The city of Taipei is surrounded by great mountains and we see many green around the town. They are still adding more stations and probably lines too for MRT but it’s already quite convenient especially with the size of the city. And what I appreciated the most is it’s safeness. I never felt scared when I am out alone at night. I say Taipei is even safer than it is in Tokyo!

 

4. Night Market

There are several fun night markets in Taipei – and other parts of Taiwan. It is like we have festivals every day!

Some night markets have more food than others, and some have more clothings than others. Night markets are popular every night but they get especially clouded during weekends. I went to several night markets with friends to eat or just to walk through after dinner. Anyone from families to youngs, locals to tourists goes to night markets in Taiwan.

Now I’m used to the smell of the stinky tofu too :)

 

5. Scooters

People in Taiwan ride scooters a lot. It’s really handy there.

Honestly speaking, I don’t feel comfortable watching small children or even babies riding scooters with their moms and dads but I could not stop smiling when my roommate or friends gave me a ride on their scooters. Riding on scooter and going through the town of Taipei is simply fun!

 

Ok, 5 is definitely not enough for me to write my favorite things in Taiwan. The food is great, I love how good the needle and miso soup tasted in early morning after clubbing. People in Taiwan do not drink much while they eat but I liked how we enjoyed drinks after dinner. The dance school in Taipei was great with very attractive instructors. And more than anything, I was really lucky to be able to meet my roommates and friends in Taiwan. The time I spent with them is truly precious.

 

With much thanks to them all.

Taiwan is highly recommended especially for those who have not yet been there!

 

 

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