5 Things that make me grumble in Taiwan
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5 Things that make me grumble in Taiwan

I love Taiwan a lot and there are certainly more things that I like than that I grumble about. That said, there are 5 things that really get me about life in Taiwan. These mostly come from being born and bred as a sensible, picky-eater and weather-conscious Brit. Scooters Driving on the Pavement This really … Continue reading

Hot SPOT: Taipei Film House
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Hot SPOT: Taipei Film House

If you knew me at university, you’d know my life revolved around early morning Taiwan cinema film screenings which are characterised by their incredibly slow style. I’m yet to meet a Taiwanese person who likes Taiwan cinema, but equally I’ve probably not been talking to the right crowd. And if the right crowd is anywhere, … Continue reading

Museum in the Sky: Luodong’s Cultural Working House
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Museum in the Sky: Luodong’s Cultural Working House

Luodong continues to surprise me. Charlie and I moved to Taiwan in November 2012 partly due to our shared enjoyment of Taiwanese cinema. In the early stages of our relationship, back in the UK, we bonded over Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights and Tsai Ming-Liang’s Rebels of the Neon God. Months later, we were seemingly randomly allocated to … Continue reading

Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!
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Time just rolling by… A Taiwan To-Do List!

After 6 months abroad, Luke and I have made a good dent in our exploration of Taiwan. We’ve hiked Taroko’s majestic gorges, once on death-defying scooter-back along the East Coast Mountain Highway, eaten sticky bamboo rice in the aboriginal Wulai, bathed in Jiaoxi’s hotsprings, released sky lanterns at Pingxi festival, ambled Daxi in the west, … Continue reading

The Old Streets of Jiufen
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The Old Streets of Jiufen

Up in the emerald green mountains of Taiwan’s north-east coast sits Jiufen, a small gold-mining village so prosperous back in the Japanese era it became known as ‘Little Shanghai.’ After the decline of the gold-mining industry, Jiufen became a forgotten spot but its old flame has recently been rekindled. So enchanting are the twisted old … Continue reading

The Art of our Apartment
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The Art of our Apartment

With the traditional white walls and white-tiled floors of Taiwan apartments being the dominate aesthetic, we are perhaps the luckiest people to have moved into an apartment in which our awesome predecessors were pretty arty types and left some of the art behind! Our favourite is this gorgeous canvas painting by Nicky, which she left … Continue reading