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Traversing Taipei | Part I

Taichung was great, but we were excited to explore Taipei! Taiwan apparently has different types of trains, and we took the high speed train (gao tie), which got us to Taichung in under an hour. It’s the most expensive form of transport (if I remember correctly, about S$30 each), but it’s the fastest, and it’s worth a try if you’ve never been on it before.

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We had lunch earlier, but we still popped by 7-11 (the Taiwanese all just call it 7…) for onigiri!! WE LOVE ONIGIRI??? It’s the cheapest and most tote-around-friendly food option. Highly recommended.

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Unfortunately the baggage storage area was full, so Nigel just held on to our luggage. Yes, we shared one! I really didn’t think I would be doing much shopping (I didn’t).

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After less than an hour of travelling, we arrived at Taipei, Ximen Station! We had to walk a bit to our hotel, but it was really, really close by so that wasn’t a problem at all.

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And here we are at our hotel – Orange Hotel. Nigel was the one who found it online! It’s a super new hotel that opened just last year. It’s really small, but very cosy and perfect for two. After checking in we were told that the bathroom doesn’t provide the usual toiletries (they have shampoo and body wash though), and if you want any you have to get it from the front desk! It’s an environmentally-friendly hotel, so they don’t have lined trash bins either, which I was quite annoyed about, cos throwing anything that isn’t dry trash into bins is pretty gross.

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And yup, that’s basically our entire room! The room is shaped in a pretty odd way – it’s not even in a shape of a square so it’s really the tiniest of rooms. Also, this is probably fine for couples but not for friends (or even family, maybe) because the bathroom door doesn’t um, fully conceal. There’s another door inside leading to the shower so that’s fine but really, do you want everyone to see your silhouette when you’re pooping??

I think we napped a bit before we headed out again in search of food.

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I love that the streets are so bustling with things to see and do. I’m a city girl at heart. Staying in the heart of Ximending has its perks.

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There were two of these cafes around! They have a golden retriever as their mascot if I’m not wrong, and there’s usually one sitting at the door.

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And despite all the food around we ended up at…CoCo Ichibanya hahah. I know right. But the menu was really a lot more extensive, and it was cheaper too. I was actually really craving Japanese curry rice, so this was awesomeee. Chicken with cheese in curry. Yum.

Abrupt end to the post because that’s the way I roll. Looking at my travel photos really makes me miss travelling though, but I guess you could say I’m more or less done with travelling for 2014 since I’ve been to five different countries this year already. I really want to bring Nigel to Bangkok though, I’m sure he’ll love the food there! πŸ™‚

Places mentioned:

Orange Hotel

No.166-2, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd.
Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108, Taiwan

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