9.10.2011

Land of Bubble Tea & Beef Noodles ♥

























I finally have time to sit down and blog. It's only my third day in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.. and we've done more than I can imagine. The weather took a little toll on me, but I'm slowly getting used to it. Kaohsiung wasn't what I expected at all. Then again, I didn't really have any expectations to begin with. This city reminded me very much of an old town. A place where my grandmother would fit right in. Everything is a bit dated, but it gives this city a charm like no other. From the mass amounts of scooters on the streets, to the local street vendors.. Kaohsiung is a city with so much culture and history. And I love that. I mean, where else can you see grandmothers on pink scooters racing down the street at such speed?

Food here is also extremely cheap. We literally paid CAD $4 for a ton of breakfast for four. Xiao Long Baos included! Oh and have I mentioned Taiwanese people are very hospitable? They're really friendly and personable. Easy to start and carry a conversation with. Of course, my mandarin isn't quite up to par just yet. But I'm getting there! I'm pretty surprised myself I was able to carry a conversation for 30 minutes entirely in Mandarin. Guess I didn't forget all of it after all. Pablo's family is awesome. They've been such great hosts thus far. And we're hanging out more tomorrow! Can't wait. We're leaving for Kenting on Monday, and I'm super stoked. Time to soak up the sun, crash the waves, and get rid of my awful TOMS tan. (I just might post a picture. But it's not a pretty sight.) I'm a bit lazy to post the photos on my blog, so I'll just link it here. I'm off to the night market in a bit, so I'll end it off here. Until next time! xo

9.07.2011

Leaving on a jetplane ♥

So.. I'm leaving today. And it's finally kicking in that I will be away for a month! It's been awhile since I've lived out of my suitcase for that long. So yes, I'm a bit nervous. (I have packed light this time. And let me tell you.. it was a challenge.) But super excited at the same time. It's been a long time coming, and it's finally here!

First stop, Taiwan. Kaohsiung and Kenting to be exact. I have no idea what to expect, but I'm sure I'll be able to put my barely-there, broken Mandarin to some use. Maybe throw in some Hokkien if I can. Not looking forward to the long flight.. but hey maybe I'll meet a cute guy on the plane. A cute Taiwanese boy? You know those ones from the Taiwanese dramas? Wilber Pan? Or quite possibly not. We'll soon find out.

Can't wait to share my adventures and document them on my travel journal. Which, will end up on my blog as well. Photos and vlogs to come! Keep a look out for them. Until next time! xo