Sun Moon Lake

While Matt was here, we took a day trip to Sun Moon Lake (so famous!). Fairly easy to get to we walked to the Nan-Tou bus station from the Taichung train station, hoped on a bus and voila, two hours later we were in Sun Moon Lake. Sun Moon Lake is famous because it is…

WWOOF Taiwan Part 3: Wǒ Hào Bǎo

So our week continued in more or less the same pattern. We woke up at 7 in the morning and watched cartoons with our breakfast until 8. We watched the popular One Piece and the show with about police officer Ryotsu Kankichi. Both are popular Japanese cartoons, they translated into Mandarin obviously so we had…

WWOOF Taiwan Part 2: Oh Yeah

After an extremely creepy night of restlessness, an auntie barged in to the community hall at about 6:45 when we were converting our bed back into tables. She started yelling to me in Chinese way too loudly and early for my brain to register any Chinese. All I heard was farm and I just said…

Mt. Xiaozuzheng and Mt. Keelung

My last hiking trip in northern Taiwan (for now) brought us to Houtong. A small town near Rufang (the village famous for it’s numerous stray cats), outside of Jiufen. Jiufen is famous because it was a gold mining town during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Now, Jiufen is centered around an overcrowded market street popular…

Ta Ta Taipei

August is traditionally my favorite time of year. That overwhelming feeling of summer freedom peaks, my birthDAY means I usually treat myself to a nice vacation, and even the most ginger of us get a tan. The worst part about August is that it ends. For most people the new year begins in January. But…