A Tantalizing Taipei Itinerary

As hard as it might seem to believe, planning a Taipei itinerary wasn’t any easier the second time around than it was the first, at least not for me. In spite of Taiwan’s capital being relatively compact and manageable, at least by the standards of East Asia, I still found it daunting to accommodate all the amazing things to do in Taipei. Further complicating matters is the fact that Taipei has probably the worst weather of any major city I’ve …

Cafes to work from in Taipei

If you are looking for a city in Asia to base yourself as a writer or digital nomad then add Taipei to your consideration list. With 90 day visa on arrival for most western countries and unadulterated internet, Taipei is a good base for location independent types. Taipei is well known for its food scene and soon it may be known for the cafes as well. I spent two weeks in Taipei which gave me enough time to visit the most popular cafes and explore some lesser known ones. It’s an odd cafe scene. Some cafes …

Where I’m At: Taipei

[The Archway – Taipei.] Greetings from Taipei. I’ve had three days here now and I’m glad I have given myself two weeks. While you could probably see all the sights in a week I have a list of places to eat and cafes to visit that would need at least a month to visit. People here are surprised …

New Country Day: Taiwan

Country: Taiwan Date: 14 September 2014 I’ve been wanting to visit Taiwan for the last two years so after some wrangling of frequent flyer points I have managed a visit before going to Europe. This is my first time here so today is New Country Day which is always a travel day I love. I didn’t love Taipei airport so much when I arrived as there was a queue for over an hour to get through immigration. Once I got through it was all good. The bus into the…

Zen and the Art of Bicycling

When I’m faced with endless flight delays or find myself on a train that’s going nowhere fast, rather than bury my head in an electronic device, I write haiku. Similar to sensory-laden mindfulness meditation, it has a way of transporting me far away from the madness. So, while riding a sleek bullet train in Taiwan recently, where the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper stands as …