(DISCLAIMER: if you haven’t been personally invited to this blog you should know in advance that I’m crazy and have a big mouth. So, if you are still here it’s entirely on you! Plus, I’m not a native speaker so be gentle on my grammatical errors.)
Day 129, 1st of November of 2017 (106 according to the Minguo Calendar). 21°C, cloudy and no wind. Arrived in Taipei the previous night around 10pm and went straight to the Huaxi Night Market to have dinner: snake soup and fried frog! Not bad, it tastes like chicken with a fish twist… Visited the Longshan temple nearby and then met my host.
Day 127, 30th of October of 2017 (106 according to the Minguo Calendar). 22°C, clear sky and no wind. Arrived at Taichung late in the evening of the day before, my host, Shu, a 25 years old saleswoman, picked me up at the train station and took me to her tiny studio apartment.
Day 123, 26th of October of 2017 (106 according to the Minguo Calendar). 22°C, cloudy and no wind. Arrived at Chiayi around 6pm and went straight to the University to meet with Lam, my Couchsurfing host for that night, a 26 years old extremely friendly Vietnamese.
Day 122, 25th of October of 2017 (106 according to the Minguo Calendar). 26°C, clear sky and no wind. After being told that Kenting is exclusively for tourists I decided to skip it and went straight to Tainan, making a strategic stop at Kaohsiung to see the giant Buddha.
Day 120, 23rd of October of 2017 (106 according to the Minguo Calendar). 23°C, cloudy and windy. Got in the train from Hualien to Taitung early in the morning and arrived there around 11am.
Day 118, 21st of October of 2017 (106 according to the Minguo Calendar). 23°C, cloudy and light wind. Said goodbye to the farm and took the train to Hualien, a city on the central East coast of Taiwan.
Day 106, 9th of October of 2017 (9th of October of 106 according to the Minguo Calendar, that considers that the first year was 1912, the year of the founding of the Republic of China). Arrived at Taipei International Airport around 11 am, after a 2h flight from Macau. The climate here is also Subtropical, with warm temperatures and high levels of humidity.
Day 93, 26th of September 2017 (7th of August year of the roster according to the Chinese Traditional Calendar, which is lunisolar based. Using the Anno Huángdì, referring to the beginning of the reign of the Yellow Emperor, it is year 4715AH), 34°C, high humidity (tropical climate) and no wind. If you remember, my original plan (see post) was to cross from Kyrgyzstan to China overland, following the Silk Road all the way to Beijing, but as I didn’t manage to get the Chinese Visa in Bishkek (“we just give visas to Kyrgyz citizens” they told me) I had to adapt.
Day 89, 22nd of September 2017, 23°C, clear sky and no wind. At 7 am I was already taking a taxi to Osh Bazaar, from where I took the mashrutka (local minibus) number 265 to Kashka-Suu, the closest village to Ala-Archa National Park, just 40 Km south of Bishkek.
Day 86, 19th of September 2017 (29 Zul Hijjah, 1438), 22°C, clear sky and no wind. Went to the English School to say goodbye one last time and left Karakol on the mashrutka (local minibus) heading to Cholpon-Ata.