This past weekend I went down to Hualien with Nelson, Walt and Jerry. As they're running a project "Cycling Taiwan", they're organizing a bike trip to different locations every weekend.
Friday evening we met at Taipei Main Station and there it started - my first train experience in Taiwan...of course, the place was crowded - Friday evening, what do you expect... As can be seen in the pic, many are wearing face masks, most people are eating, some are sleeping (like me) and of course - everybody is connected to the world wide web - Taiwan has the highest wireless coverage worldwide!! What's funny - the seats can be turned around in order to sit face to face (2 people opposite of 2 others).
Two locals are welcoming us and showing us around...of course, we go to the night market :-)
*thank you very much*
Again and again I am surprised by the hospitality of Taiwanese people: friendly, helpful, generous... anot not only to foreigners but als their own folks!
Saturday - in the morning we're visiting famous TAROKO GORGE...
These huge rocks came down with the last typhoon...
Safety helmets are obligatory in parts of the trails
After I clarified that a City Bike is NOT a Girl's Bike and a Mountain Bike is not a Boy's Bike we were ready to happily go on our bike trip ... yes, I rode a mountain bike, NOT a men's bike !!!
back in town ... enjoying delicious dumplings
another type of Taiwanese breakfast ;-)
Sunday turned into a wonderful sunny day w/ blue sky and temperatures above 25C degrees!!
48 hours and a thousand pics later we're back in Taipei ;-)
...thanks Walt+Nelson for capturing the gorgeous landscape ad all these funny moments on camera !!
謝謝你們 - 太高興的!!
It was a wonderful weekend, I discovered a very nice part of Taiwan and its countryside, learned a lot more about the culture here and was made aware again:
the way I am used to see and do things is not the only way...there are sooo many other viewpoints out there!!
I am grateful for all the understanding my Taiwanese friends show me - as a foreigner in their country who should actually behave according to morals and customs.
*thank you Nel for the readiness+openness you're answering my challenging questions*