Snapshots of Taipei, Taiwan

Snapshots of Taipei, Taiwan

If you've ever been to Taiwan, I probably don't have to convince you of this: it's a country worth visiting over and over again. Commercial centers that house skyscrapers of high tech companies are juxtaposed with intricately built traditional temples, and it's absolutely gorgeous to take in.

(Before we continue, let me clarify: I am not at all Taiwanese, nor do I even speak Mandarin.  In fact, this country was the most difficult linguistically to get by, yet despite this, may be my favorite country to visit.)

And the food. Whether you get your meal from a cart or from a fancy high tea cafe, I can promise you, it's going to be good. 

I can't even begin to break down all the things I did in Taipei so I'll leave you with some of my favorite snaps. Between night markets, high tea, morning coffee rituals, and being personally stuffed by Kevin's grandparents, I probably gained an immense amount of weight. Worth it.

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I stayed with a family friend who lived in Ximending, a bustling shopping area catering to a younger crowd, and never had a shortage of things to do (and eat) throughout my stay. I woke up every morning with this view from his penthouse apartment's patio; spoiled is a wild understatement.

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No trip to Taiwan is complete without going to Din Tai Fung or getting niu rou mian (beef noodle soup). All four of Kevin's grandparents are handing me food in the shot on the left; on the right, niu rou mian from a famous shop in ximending on Tao Yuan street. 

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Between meals and snacks, we explored shopping malls, street vendors, and wandered throughout alleyways to find the hidden gems of Taipei.

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Taipei was lively and brilliant; and I was thoroughly spoiled by the food and hospitality, even from strangers. A week was not sufficient; until next time, Taipei!