I can’t believe my Taiwan trilogy is coming to an end (click to catch up: Part 1 & Part 2). The last few days of the trip were certainly my favourite, perhaps it was because I was getting used to the extreme heat and the I-don’t-know-what-meat-this-is meals. In all seriousness, I love Taiwan and would go back in a heartbeat.
The final few days we spent in the south so, temperatures rose to a scorching 35 degrees. The heat didn’t stop us as we ventured off to the Buddha Memorial Center, the most visited place in Taiwan (25,000 visitors daily!). The place was stunning and Mr. Buddha was looking as ravishing as ever. We entered the memorial and attended a ceremony led by a monk. The ceremony was not in English so I followed what everyone else was doing (hands together, hands apart, kneel down, stand up, etc). If everyone started breakdancing, I probably would have followed suit.
The best part of blistering hot heat? BEACHES! We went to Cijin Island, a five minute ferry ride from Kaohsiung Harbour. I ventured off from my family once I saw beach signs and made a B-line toward the golden sand and refreshing blue waves. Ahhh, it was blissful.
You can’t go to Taiwan without stuffing your face with delicious treats such as lemon green tea, dried pineapple and a cheese donut. This is ’bout as real as it gets. If you’re going to Taiwan, make sure to stop at Sun Moon Lake, the scenery is beautiful and the food is, well.. just look at the joy on my face. It speaks for itself.
Want to know something embarrassing? I attempt to hit on a cute guy selling ice cream at a night market and it went TERRIBLY WRONG! What’s even worse? I caught it on film, and I published it for your entertainment.