Last night was one of the most solid sleeps I’ve had in 13 days since arriving in Taipei. Five and a half hours of solid, peaceful sleep. Only to be jolted awake with stabbing pains in my stomach, but hey ho! This is the life of (suspected) endo! Anyway, this is not about my pains and what-nots today. This is a positive, happy, vibe-y post about how much I love my life at the moment. Read along!
How should you spend a day in Taipei? Well, I started my day by talking to my favourite person, just as he was going to bed on the other side of the world, and headed off to uni with my sister as she returned her graduation gown and hat – exciting times ahead for the newly graduated!
We wanted to grab smoothies from a place called Vegg Out, on ShiDa road, but when we arrived it was completely packed and the queue was to the door.
Instead, I took my sister to Ooh Cha Cha, one of the coolest cafes I’ve ever been to, and totally vegan! Located on NanChang Road, just a few minutes walk from Guting MRT station, this small cafe serves plant-based meals from Chickpea Smash on Sourdough, to a range of burgers to salad and hummus bowls. They are absolutely delicious and go perfectly with any of the yummy smoothies they make too, my favourite being the Acai Twist!
From here my sister and I walked around the corner to catch the 278 bus towards the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, in XinYi district (only a 20 minute walk to Taipei 101), and on our way there we stopped at ICE MONSTER for mini ice lollies that cost us NT$30 each.
They were actually pretty cute and in 36°C and 87% humidity, we needed that cool-down to keep us going! We also had a quick pit-stop at the Hello Kitty shop where we snacked on typical Taiwanese pineapple cakes, and mini waffles!
The park has some beautiful, quaint little cafes and temple-style shelters scattered around, vending machines and rubbish bins, making it a lovely place to visit as it’s peaceful and extremely clean.
The Eslite building is fantastic and absolutely not to be missed. With four floors of souvenirs, handmade gifts, stationery, teas, candles, clothing and so much more! You must spend some time here. One of my favourite discoveries of my holiday was made here today.
A pop-up shop of Cafe Solé serving pour over coffee from Taiwan’s A Li mountain (阿里山) – for NT$130 not only did I receive nearly two cups of coffee, but I watched this amazing barista grind the beans and filter the coffee in front of me, letting me smell the coffee throughout the stages. For a coffee obsessor like me, it was wonderful! And delicious coffee as well.
After an hour or so of wandering through the individual stalls, we began walking to Taipei 101, stopping st various points along the way to take silly photos, or in most cases, stop at the dreaded traffic lights!
We ended up at Street Churros, which considering how many issues I have with my stomach, I definitely should not have eaten, they were absolutely amazing! Hot churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce… is there anything better?!
Followed by a little wander through ATT4Fun mall and looked at all the clothes, trying them on, then putting them back as we certainly couldn’t afford them.
Feeling very grateful for having such a wonderful, positive day.
Taipei, I love you.
Since the evening that I arrived in Taipei, four days ago, the 101 has been completed engulfed in clouds and rain, making it invisible from a distance.
As the clouds finally began to break this morning, and I found myself walking alongside the beautiful Da’An park I suddenly saw, from a great distance, and down the middle of the dual carriageway, the 101 in between a collection of buildings.
There she was. Clear as day, staring at me down the middle of the roads. And what a wonderful feeling that was too, to see one of the most outstanding buildings in the world right in front of me.
If there’s one thing that truly makes me happy is a perfect picture. Maybe not perfect in terms of light or surrounding, but when you look at it and think, that sums up how I felt at that moment.
Instant photos are my favourites because even if you’re posing for them, it’s like capturing a moment forever, in print. However, it’s a magical feeling when you take tens or even hundreds of pictures of the same scene, item or person and you finally find that one amazing photo.
… Started off with a horrendous amout of rain, a terrible breakfast and us staying in the hotel room right until check out.
The weather was horrible! We went back to the vegetarian restaurant for lunch, which was so busy that we had to share a table with someone. They brought our food out so quickly we didn’t even have time to breathe in between meals. It was really good though.
We walked over Charles Bridge and decided we definitely should’ve spent more time over there as it was less tourist-y and had nicer shops.
We found a lovely little wine bar, and tried some Czech wines and had a chocolate and chili brownie – absolutely delicious!
Before heading back to the hotel to catch the 3 hour early bus to the airport, where we pigged out on mcdonalds!
Josh bought me beautiful flowers for my birthday and I was really disappointed I had to leave them behind, but he did buy me some more make up on the plane! Yay!
Sunday is always meant to be the day of rest, and today pretty much was. After another shockingly awful breakfast I took ages getting ready to go out. It was one of those typical girl days where nothing looked or felt right.
We walked through the towns, looking in random shops and trying to find somewhere nice for lunch. That definitely didn’t work as after an hour we ended up stuffing our faces in McDonalds!
Josh had booked a table for dinner at the most amazing restaurant; Pasta Fresca! Which quite unbelievably is part of a chain of restaurants. Everything is fresh! You can see people making the pasta, there’s a huge table of cheese in the middle of the restaurant and they have over 100 different wines!
I had beautiful birthday flowers on my table, and for dinner I had homemade gnocci with BLACK TRUFFLES!! it was absolutely amazing! I was far too full up for dessert, which was a shame.
We walked, or I waddled, back to the hotel through the Christmas markets, and decided to stay in for the night. Of course, we played a few games of scrabble, watched The Internship, and just chilled out. Such a good day in the end.
Poor Josh is really unwell at the moment, so I didn’t think we were going to do very much today. Thankfully some breakfast gave us energy and we got ready and headed out to the metro station to buy our tram tickets to the zoo.
It cost about one pound to get there, via a tram and a bus, and took just over half an hour. We did notice that no one bought or used tram tickets, and on the way back our driver didn’t even ask for one.
Prague zoo is fantastic! There is so much scenery, space and so many different animals. Polar bears were my favourite, I love them! We got to watch these adorable Gorilla playing in their enclosure an there was even a little baby!
It snowed for most of the day and ended up being really cold! By the time we got back to the entrance a bus was ready to leave, so we hopped on and stopped at a shopping mall on the way back to the hotel. It was full of great shops but was totally overcrowded.
Feeling very cold and tired, we had a FOUR HOUR NAP!! Before heading out to a vegetarian restaurant down the road called Estrella!. Definitely one of the best dinners I’ve had in a long time. We had hummus to start, then I had a beetroot burger and a cookie for dessert. We had some Czech wine, one of which was an insane amount of apple flavours and smells! But very delicious. Such a great day, ended with scrabble and diary entries.
night all xo