Thursday, July 16, 2015

Taipei Day 1

This is a photo taken during sunset at Bali Wharf. How I got there, long story (but definitely an enjoyable one!). Click the button below to learn how things turned out on my first day in Taipei!

Happy to be reunited with my college classmate Fran! (Fran is currently studying medicine in Kaohsiung, just a two-hour train ride from Taipei.)

Our first stop was the Beitou Hot Spring Museum. It was original built as a public bathhouse in 1913 but was closed down because of lack of maintenance.

The museum is housed in a two-story wooden cabin, and totally looks awesome from the outside!

There was a huge mat laid out on the floor and we tried all sorts of crazy poses we could think of! But they're too embarrassing to post (think yoga poses gone wrong). Haha.

It was difficult to take pictures of the hot spring itself because there was so much steam. And while we were there, the entire place felt so hot and humid. It was my first time to see a hot spring and it's truly amazing how a body of water can produce so much heat.

We had lunch at a ramen house in Beitou District. The noodles came very cheap but they were to die for! After lunch, we were all set for Fisherman's Wharf. We passed by Danshui Old Street on our way to the ferry terminal and took a ferry but arrived in a totally unfamiliar place! It turned out that the ferry was headed for Bali Wharf! Lol. The place looked really nice though and since we were already there, why not make the most out of the situation?

We saw these four-wheeled bicycles and the next thing we knew, we were already roaming around Bali Wharf in our bike….

and singing while at it! Maroon 5's Sugar, Taylor Swift's Love Story, Katy Perry's Roar, I think we sang more or less ten songs that day, and it was loads of fun!

We were incredibly lucky to have a wonderful view of the sunset.

I think we were meant to get in the wrong ferry, otherwise, we couldn't have experienced all these! Cycling (and singing) with my friends at Bali Wharf was the highlight of my day!

On our way back, we passed by a strip of street food vendors, and I just had to try one of them! This one had peanut brittle shavings, scoops of ice cream, and coriander, and then wrapped burrito-style.

Although it was getting late, we still went to Fisherman's Wharf. We passed by the Lover's Bridge and took photos.

Since night markets in Taipei close late, we still had time to visit our final stop -- Shilin Night Market. True enough, the place was bustling with people. We tried a few more street foods, like this fried mushrooms with spring onions, and the potatoes with cheese sauce, corn, and ham.

We were extremely exhausted afterwards and couldn't wait to go to bed. This had been such an amazing day to start off my Taipei trip! I wouldn't want it any other way. :)


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