The last couple of weeks I was in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan for business. I didn’t spend any time sightseeing, after all, this was a work trip!
When I was in Shenzhen, China, my hotel room was on the 60th floor, overlooking Shenzhen Bay. It was pretty insane looking down and the 30-something floor buildings looked tiny.
The coolest thing was going to the gym on the 62nd floor and looking at the view while running on the treadmill. It was not something you would experience every day.
I ended up spending 4 days in 4 different hotels. I would not recommend doing this since it meant unpacking and repacking every single day. This also meant ironing a dress shirt every single day. I was always on the run with my backpack and my carry-on suitcase. It was a good thing that I packed light.
Needless to say, it was really nice to finally arrive in Taipei, because I was able to stay at the same location for multiple days. That also meant I was able to unpack a bit instead of living off my suitcase.
It was quite nice to be back in Taiwan and hearing people speaking Taiwanese and Mandarin with Taiwanese accent.
Due to a typhoon nearby, the weather was super rainy and super windy while I was in Taipei. When I walked around, my rental umbrella was constantly getting flipped inside out.
I didn’t end up doing any sightseeing. Instead, I was focusing on trying different types of Taiwanese food that I used to eat as a kid.
Outside of Japan, Taiwan is one of the best places to get sushi and sashimi. Since Taiwan is a major producer of wasabi roots, you can find real wasabi in many Japanese restaurants in Taiwan. What’s “real” wasabi? It doesn’t come out from a tube and the wasabi is more grainy. It also dissolves in soy sauce very easily.
One of my Taiwanese co-workers took me to one of the Nagi ramen shops in Taiwan. On the menu was squid ink ramen. I have tried squid ink pasta before but never had squid ink ramen before. After looking at it for a while I decided that I had to give it a try.
To get some excitement, we also went to a location near the airport where we stood a few metres below landing airplanes. Boy it was loud!
I really enjoyed staying in Taiwan for a few days and trying different types of food. Best of all, cost of living was quite cheap in Taiwan so things were relatively cheap. For example, that big lunch picture I posted cos less than $7 CAD/$5.50 USD.
Mrs. T and I have been talking about living in Taiwan for a few years in the future. Considering the Taiwan’s cost of living is much cheaper than Vancouver, this is definitely a possibility for both pre and post FI.