Saturday, 10 October 2015

tw-notes #1

notes from a foreign country. some might be wrong, some might be prejudice. these are nothing but my personal and hence subjective observations.

these are mainly notes from taipei, as i spent most of my time there.

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scooters
there are a lot of them. and i do mean a lot.

taxis
there are a lot of them. and they are cheap.

temples
there are a lot of them.

places to eat
there are a lot of them. and the food is really good.

juice bars
there are a lot of them. you can chose amount of ice and sugar. and if you chose less ice you get more juice.

friendliness
people are really friendly and helpful.

wide streets
the streets are wide.

night markets
is a great concept.

alive
people seem very alive, and quite happy.

japan
it is easy to see that taiwan is heavily influenced by japan, next to china.

sinks
the sinks are mounted too low, if you are 180 cm tall.

selfies
everyone takes selfies, everywhere.

kånken
kånken bags from fjällräven are popular.

love
seems to be the land of love. there are couples everywhere, and there is love everywhere.

straws
when you buy something to drink, in a bottle, in a cup, in whatever have you got, you do get a straw.

exits
metro stations has heaps of exits. 10 seems to be a common number. and all exits / entrances are above street level / they are built up.

safe
it feels safe.

ambulance
drivers seems to have little respect for ambulances.

thank you
you can come far with only knowing the phrase "shjie-shjie" (xie xie), which means "thank you". with "ni hao" (good day), you can even come a bit further.  and if you add "zaijian" (goodbye) to your vocabulary you can feel like an native. or, almost.

elders
the family seems to take care of the elders themselves. instead of outsourcing care like what is done in the western world.





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