Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

It’s the weekend and so time to play!!!   The typhoon had caused disruption on the East Coast, so yesterday my colleague and I decided to head to Sun Moon Lake which is located smack bang in the middle of Taiwan.   I got to experience another high speed train, but it only reached a measly 296km/h – not quite up to the European trains :o)  It was a pleasant journey watching … Continue reading

Typhoon Saola

Typhoon Shelter in Taipei

The guide book did not lie when it said August was typhoon season in Taiwan.  The last few days it has rained almost constantly and it’s been very windy has typhoon Saola headed our way.  The government issued an extreme weather warning yesterday and told everyone to stay home, so today Taipei came to a standstill, with nearly all offices and businesses closed.  I took refuge in my hotel and … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea in Jioufen

Jioufen Tea House

Jioufen My colleague and I joined the crowds again this weekend, there are so many people on this small island.  This time we joined the locals in Jioufen, an old gold mining town, set in the hills, with great views of the Pacific Ocean. Jishan street is the main attraction.  An old, narrow street with lots of food stalls to sample, shops to browse and people to squeeze past. The Art … Continue reading

Taiwan Food Diary

Giant Mushrooms

I love food, but I’m not soooo adventurous – I normally don’t venture further than veggies and chicken.  Therefore eating in Taiwan has been an experience and taken me out of my food comfort zone.  Here is a sample of the culinary delights I sampled this week and some not so delightful. Millet Soup and Veggie Pastie – 5/10 The millet soup was a wee bit too bland for me, even when I … Continue reading

Warrior Dancer Cooking Wild Boar at Wulai

Warrior Dancer Cooking Wild Boar at Walui

I was going to have a quiet day today, but the lure of the mountains was too much, so after breakfast I headed to Wulai.  I had to catch the train to Xindian, which is at the end of the line.  Too easy or so I thought :oS When the train terminated I suddenly realised the train line had forked and I was actually miles away from where I wanted to be – … Continue reading