Night markets rank up there on the tourist list of things to do in Taiwan. For good reason- CHEAP DELICIOUS FOOD. The Shilin market is the big draw, but in every neighborhood you can find tiny temporary stalls filled with noodles, fresh vegetables and sizzling hot meat skewers. You wander around, starving, drooling over the
Human Rights I don’t know how many island prisons there on on this earth, but somehow I manage to find them when I’m traveling. First Robben Island, then Alcatraz and now Green Island. It’s amazing how much history you absorb just by visiting a country. In Taiwan we discovered that the ROC didn’t treat their
Riding a scooter is great fun. Scooting in freezing cold wind and sleeting rain is not. And with our limited wardrobe and lack of scoot experience, I was not only freezing, I was scared. Highway 11 is supposed to have outstanding coastal views. But instead of blue waters and green forested mountains, I saw angry
One summer our friend Peter rode a 50cc scooter across the entire United States and filmed it. We may not be official ScootStars, but after riding a scooter down the coast of Taiwan we’re close. I now understand the ass-numbing thrill and frustration of riding the equivalent of a John Deere lawn mower for days on end.
Ilha Formosa. Beautiful Island. I swore those were the lyrics to some Madonna song but I was wrong; Formosa is the name the Portuguese gave to Taiwan as they sailed on past in the 16th century. I totally agree, this island is straight up stunning AND super easy to explore. After a debauched week of endless nuits
Every Chinese New year there is a lantern festival in Pingxi, Taiwan. Huge, person-sized lanterns are lit on fire and the heat sends hundreds of paper-mache lantern into the sky. I image it’s pretty beautiful. (Don’t ask where the burning wire lantern frame lands, I still haven’t figured that out.) We have no plans to
If you had told me that Taiwan (TAIWAN!) is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, I would think that you had too much happy tea in Dali. Who knew such an island -one with marble canyons, palm trees and hot springs – exists just outside China? Who knew that there is an