and so, 2 weeks ago, D and i began our long trip to sydney! first the 12 hour flight to taipei and then the 8 hour one to sydney, australia!
but let’s not get ahead of ourselves… before we got to board our plane to sydney we had a 17h layover in taipei.
although we didn’t get to much sleep on our first flight, we were pretty rested when we landed in taipei.
right away we began to explore the city and i must say, i was very happy with the public transport they have, quick, clean, air-conditioned(!!) and cheap. the summer was in full bloom at the time, so it got sticky and sweaty, but we managed :)
first we randomly walked through taipei, of course in search for food – and we did find it quite quickly. and it was absolute bliss. the famous buns didn’t disappoint.
after the awesome buns gave us power to continue, but also made us wish we had a bed right then and there to instantly fall asleep dreaming about devouring more of those yummy buns, we walked on through the beautiful peace park on our way to the famous lungshan temple. and ate some more haha
afterwards we were on our way to the obligatory 101 tower! we actually wanted to climb to the elephant mountain, but have decided that we would not survive the “hike” in that heat and with the limited amount of power we had left in our bodies. so we opted for the air-conditioned, elevator option. :)
and then we ate again. :D of course, what else. D felt adventurous and decided to order a lunchtime special, without knowing what it was… and he did regret that decision ^^ my jiao zi were very yummy in comparison to his, what we thought at the time, brain soup ^^ it turns out it was not brain after all, but a vegetable called fu qua or bitter melon. a funny looking one ^^
and then we made our way to the highlight of the day – the shilin night market! and, amongst other amazing shops, we found a shop filled with beautiful hand painted tableware. i was in heaven! and much more so when i stumbled upon mini portugese pasteis de nata.
so after many many hours of walking around in the asian heat, we headed back to the airport and were very quickly on our way to the destination we’re going to call our home for the next 5 months, sydney!