Allysa D. | Posted on January 19, 2013
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my adventures in Asia - I’m currently staying in Taipei, Taiwan with my boyfriend’s family and our friends. We’re leaving in just a few days to go back to the States. I’m sad to leave, but also excited to go back home and to Baltimore. I won’t deny that I’ve missed my family, friends, and of course American food and my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. In the last couple of weeks here in Taiwan, I’ve learned even more new things about Taiwan and their culture.
1. Noodles. Always more and more noodles!
2. Dumplings are also another favorite (and mine!). They have a bit of broth inside too. So yummy.
3. There are lots of memorials to honor prominent leaders and people. The buildings are so beautiful!
4. Bridges. Lots of bridges!
5. There are also many temples for people to honor their loved ones who have passed away. The temples are so beautiful and intricately designed. There is often incense sticks, so the aroma is also very pleasing. That’s the reason why Chinese people never leave their chopsticks in food because it looks similar to incense sticks, thus symbolizing death.
6. Biking is a fun activity to do in Taiwan; you can bike along the coast!
7. It’s impossible to find your shoe size in Taiwan if you’re a tall person. Jane and I had absolutely no luck!
8. There are lots of versions of ice cream here. Gelato, Turkish ice cream, jumbo ice cream, shaved ice…
9. Paper lanterns are a very special tradition here in Taiwan. People often go up to the mountains and write their wishes and prayers on paper lanterns. The lanterns are then lit up and float up to the sky, so high that you can’t see the little specks of light anymore. This was one of my favorite things to do.
10. The drinking age here in Taiwan is 18. It’s been a super fun month because I turn 21 right when we come back to the States too!
11. Many people get really excited when they see us, because we’re Americans (and blonde!). There have been several times where strangers have asked to take a picture with us!
12. Tea time is highly valued in Taiwan. There’s lots of tea houses here, especially up in the mountains. The tea is often served in extremely tiny cups, because it is nice to take your time and enjoy the tea as well as company. People often take 5 or 6 hours sipping on some oolong and jasmine tea.
13. Snake venom shots are popular here. You can take a shot of snake venom, snake blood, and snake gallbladder. I gladly abstained.
And lastly, I’ve had so much fun with my boyfriend and best friends. I’m incredibly lucky to know them and they have made my trip a thousand times more fun and enjoyable. I’m going to miss Taiwan, but I’m especially going to miss the times we’ve all shared together. ‘Til next time!