And Good-Bye Again – from Taiwan

_MG_2911And again, two weeks have passed, and I am on the move – and a bit sad, that I can’t stay here a bit longer.

Taiwan is a beautiful country, with really friendly people, especially to the rare Westerners. People are happy to help a confused looking stranger, be it on the street, in a restaurant, in the subway… really nice. I felt good in the country and my little apartment, met nice people, have gained at least two kilos in two weeks (so perhaps it’s good that I am leaving!), and would recommend to anybody coming to this part of the world to stop by Taiwan – the land is special.

Liuqiu - a famous rock on a tiny island in the South

Liuqiu – a famous rock on a tiny island in the South

And even the clouds have similar shapes...

And even the clouds have similar shapes…

And a special tip – do take an international driving license, rent a car, and drive up and down Taiwan. I don’t have one, so I took many trains on my journey around the island, which is also nice, but not as flexible as a car, and there were quite a few sights I couldn’t see; the pictures taken from the train windows were also not great, so I can’t really show the beauty of the country, but trust me – it really is beautiful.

Down South

Down South

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One of the many beaches

One of the many beaches

It is also very hot here, the only thing I was struggling with, but you get used to it. And there are always the hot springs you can jump into – after 40 degrees centigrade hot water, an air temperature of 34 degrees feels quite balmy…

Hot Springs in Ruisui

Hot Springs in Ruisui

And the night markets are the best of all – after the heat of the day, really everybody is coming to the markets, for food, to shop, to spend a nice relaxed time with friends… I could go to a night market every night.

Fresh mango on ice cream with yoghurt, from the night market - mmmhmmmm

Fresh mango on ice cream with yoghurt, from the night market – mmmhmmmm

And one extra tip and a bit of marketing – the relatively new Café Vergissmeinnicht – normally, you would never see me in a “German-style” restaurant anywhere in the world (outside Germany, I guess), but I met the owners (nice people), and the Café is really special too – all furniture and accessories have been sourced from Berlin, from the 50s and 60s, everything is for sale, and there are often little concerts, and it feels like you are having a private party with friends – recommended!

Café Vergissmeinnicht und Rose Goossen in Concert

Café Vergissmeinnicht und Rose Goossen in Concert

Now it’s on to new adventures, a yoga- and meditation retreat on Gili Air in Indonesia – again a new experience I am looking forward to.

Here some more impressions of Taiwan:

Unfortunately not the right time now - the lantern festival in Pingxi

Unfortunately not the right time now – the lantern festival in Pingxi

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That is nice - but for what???

That is nice – but for what???

Lucky Sheep indeed…

Lucky Sheep indeed…

What exactly is the hen doing there?

What exactly is the hen doing there?

Taiwanese youth seems to have two modi - either on the smartphone or...

Taiwanese youth seems to have two modi – either on the smartphone or…

… asleep

… asleep

Wishes for a happy future:

On the night market

On the night market

Train in Pingxi

Train in Pingxi

Too lazy to go there, so I stole the picture...

Too lazy to go there, so I stole the picture…

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A thunderstorm

A thunderstorm


A fortune teller

A fortune teller

For the happy pet

For the happy pet

Chess players on the night market

Chess players on the night market

Pingxi - these balloons should bring luck

Pingxi – these balloons should bring luck

5 responses to “And Good-Bye Again – from Taiwan

  1. Pingback: Thank you Gudrun, for making Vergißmeinnicht part of your Taiwan Story! | 勿忘我 Café Vergißmeinnicht·

  2. The sign that starts with “Sorry~” says “please do not park your vehicle if you are not a customer at this store, we apologize for any inconvenience”

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