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Asia » Taiwan » Taichung June 15th 2018

Dnes idem na ranajky extra neskoro az o 9.00. Totalne napchaty sa vraciam na izbu a cele doobedie driemem. Okolo obeda sa mi oziva dalsia cs, som s nou v kontakte uz od pondelka a dnes ma konecne na mna cas. Hostuje jednu babu zo spanielska, nakonec vysvitne, ze je bulharka a v barce len pracovala. Cul je na ceste uz 10.mesiac. Zacala v turecku a sla po hodvabnej ceste. Z exotiky navstivila tajikistan. Chcela dat aj pakistan ale tazko sa vybavovali viza. Teraz je jej priorita ist ucit do ciny. Na taiwane 2.5mesiaca dobrovolnicila. Ako pridem mi to dost divne povedat 10mesiacov cestujem z toho tretinu prakticky pracovala. Toto iste aj polka na borneu. Oh dlho cestujem ale polku casu makam v dobrovolnickych projektoch. Sak to neni prave cestovanie. Ked som si cul spomenul na ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung June 14th 2018

Rano klasika, prezratie sa na ranajkach. Ostatny ludia si taktiez nakladaju taniere kopcom a otacaju sa 2-3x. Dnes som povodne chcel ist do mestecka lukang ale som si to rozmyslel. Na odporucanie dalsej cs sandri, s ktorou som mal mat stretko v sobotu ale z toho nic nebude, bo zahajim presun do ineho mesta, kvoli drahemu ubytku, idem teda kuknut National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Na turu mi odporucila trial 1-5, to je vraj normalna turistika bez schodov ale na to uz nemam cas. Vonku zas peklo. Fotim si taichung former city hall, fajn kolonialna budova. Pokracujem za spalujuceho slnka prazdnymi ulicami (auta neratam) k rieke, Liuchuan Riverside Walk. Nuz tu to neni tak pekne upravene ako pri hlavnej ceste pri vseobecnej nemocnici. Ono to tu neni neiako upravne, dole k rieke (vacsi potok) sa ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung June 13th 2018

Po vydatnych bufetovych ranajkach si davam dnes mensiu turu na cinsky sposob. Rozumej ziadny prirodny chodnik ale schody v prirode. Ujo google mi poradil priamu linku k taipower dongshan service cent. Mam rad tieto gratis busy. Este k tomu ked clovek sadne na mhdcku ,ktora vyzera ako u nas dialkovy bus. V 711 kupujem dva kolace a moze sa vyrazit. Co sa tyka vody, tu som zatial kupoval len prvy den v taipei, inak stale ficim na gratis refill v ubytkach. Prechadzam hepingli 924 dizhen park. Velke priestranstvo ale chladku minimum. Vonku opat krasne slnecne pocasie. Ulickou lemovanou stankami s ovozozelom / vsetko dopestovane na zahrade/ sa napajam na dakeng trail no.10. Predomnou nespocetne mnozstvo schodov a na moje pekvapenie v pracovny cas aj dost ludi, vacsinou dochodci. Schody su obcas neskutocne strme, na zabradli je ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung June 12th 2018

Na izbe som mal teda nakonec troch ludi ale zadny ramus nerobili. Na recepcii odovzdavam voycher na ranajky, klesam do podzemia, tu sok. Ziadny jeden toast a neaky dzem ale klasicky bufet. Tak tento deal sa oplatil teda. Na vyber prazenica, rozne zeleniny, kuracie kusky, banan, rozne doplnky, dve polievky, ryza, dzus, kava, mlieko, chleba... Po dvojitich ranajkach zistujem cenu ubytka ak to kupim napriamo. Opat dvojnasobna cena na vikend /je aj festival/. Kontrolujem agodu, samozrejme lacnejsie. Nuz zatial nic nebookujem nechavam si to ulezat v hlave a hor sa do mesta. Na zastavke 2nd market chytam zrychlenu 300ku a uz sa valim free busom k narodnemu divadlu. Podla cs su tu busy free /prvych 10km/ uz cca 4 roky. Tak to fakt nechapem kto to plati. Busy s cislami 300-310 su zrychlene, bo idu v ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung June 11th 2018

Spanok nic moc, furt volado buntosil. Z ubytka vyrazam nieco po 11/00, vlak mi ide o 12/42 z hlavnej stanice. Vonku poprcha, kupujem jedlo a to do seba hadzem v pristresku v parku 228 peace. Tu jeden dochodca cvicil tai chi. Dazd zosilnel, cas ma tlaci , nic sa neda robit ide sa na to. Zrychlenim krokom sa dostavam do podchodu a smer stanica. Podzemie je tu fakt obrovske, same obchodiky, priestranna chodba a plno ludi. V 711 kupujem nieco pod zub, cakaju ma 3 hod cesty lokalnym vlakom. Pipam sa pri vstupe, vlak prichadza nacas. Vlak nakonec stal 217td z easy kartou, bez nej 241td, bus stoji 260td. Je dost plny ale asi na 6 zastavke sa vyprazdnuje a do taichungu prakticky prichadza prazdny vozen. Ako sa vzdalujeme od taipei pribudaju kopce a bohuzial aj ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung February 12th 2018

Fri We left Taipei by train. I bought the tickets online at home,printed my receipt, went to the ticket office at the station and they gave me the tickets! Everything works....this is a novelty to us ! We picked up a car in Tai Chung and intend to explore the western part of the country and drive down to the south coast. The guy in the office very kindly punched in all the addresses that we had into the sat nav as you could only do that in Chinese!! Luckily she speaks American!! First stop Lukang,for 2nights. Found it easily enough. We are in an Air bnb here and were too early for check in and so we drove around the town to try to get our bearings. After checking in we went out to explore ... read more
You've got to have big fish !
Old train
Jelly and ice cream....

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung November 15th 2017

So today is Day 1, Matt and I together in Taichung. Our apartment is great...2 bedrooms, 2 baths, tiny Taiwanese kitchen (no oven!), and a laundry porch. We're on the 24th floor of a 28 story building and there are 6 parking levels below ground. It's brand new and very modern, but more on the apartment later when I'm unpacked and can take decent pictures lol. I got up early (for me), around 8 or 9. I wanted to get out and see and do stuff so after sitting around for a little bit and waking up, I got dressed and we went to an American-style diner called Early Bird for breakfast. I had Eggs Blackstone (Eggs Benedict with bacon and tomato) and Matt had a breakfast burrito. The owners are American and they're a dog ... read more
Mandi getting comfortable

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung November 12th 2017

Wow...so it was a long trip getting here! My flight out of Nashville on Friday morning was at 6am so I left the house at 3. My sister, Stacie, came with me to the airport (she should be nominated for angel status for this) because when I got to the airport I had 3 large suitcases, a small carryon suitcase, and my laptop bag...and I had to return the rental car first lol. So I dropped her off at the curb, helped her wheel my bags inside the sliding doors, and she sat with them all inside the airport while I returned the car. Once I got back to her I checked in for my flight. The whole reason I booked Air Canada for this flight is because I knew I would have extra bags and ... read more

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung January 18th 2017

Suzanne here... We were a little sad to leave the Changhua Hotel as all the ladies there were so friendly, the room (although small) was comfortable, and we knew there was lots more to see in Taipei. We originally felt a month in Taiwan would have been too long so we only have 13 nights. We've now realised we'll never fit everything in. Our next stop was to be Hualien, but it's the opposite side of the island. We're already regretting skipping it but something has to give and as it's all about the outdoors in Hualien, and it's winter here, we decided to move straight to Taichung. We bought a bus ticket easily and within ten minutes were on the U-bus. Oh my God. It was the Hotel Fleuris of the bus world. I have ... read more
...the inside of the bus...
View along our hotel road in the morning
...even David's knees didn't reach the seat in front!

Asia » Taiwan » Taichung October 23rd 2016

Sunday, 23rd October 2016 I spent sometime at the 921 Earthquake Museum today. Getting there was supposed to be very straight forward as the U Bus # 50 would bring me straight to the museum entrance within 45 minutes. However, for some reason, I waited to the point of giving up when the bus failed to appear after 45 minutes. I kept telling myself (and my legs) to persevere for the long wait. When the bus did arrive eventually, it was rather empty despite the long intervals in between the services. Perhaps that explained the low frequency since there was not much of a demand in the first place. The 921 museum was built on the site of a former elementary school in Taichung which was devastated by the powerful earthquake on 21st September 1999. I ... read more
Shot of the Day
Hearty lunch at the Museum
The 921 Earthquake Museum




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