An afternoon visit to the Táoyuángǔ (桃源谷) Trail

I visited the Táoyuángǔ trail recently...its an extension of the caoling trail which i have done some times before...
I ususally end here but today si started here...
A temple near Dali train station...
The caoling trail...
"Taoyuan valley trail"...is where we are heading...
It was pretty warm down at the ocean level...
...north of yilan at the east coast of taiwan...
With 2 interns...
This is the peninsula with some hikes...
Fially at the trail enrance...
and they had plenty of porches...
Carl was so warm he went topless...
It was a mysterious path...
Carl brough his camera...to take pics...not much view...rather the myst path of eastern taiwan...
we also encountered some cows...
Pretty rare in taiwan...
Many kodak moments...
Carl didnt miss many chances to take a pic...
They even had characters to ask people to take it easy...
And most of the pics were made for sunny days...however it was nice with the cloud due to lack of shade on the path...
The peak was 616m over ocean level...
...and some other monument...
After some time we evaluated how far to walk...since the path was pretty slippery at the end...and most people told us not to walk to far....
we ended at this place...
2km left to the Taoyuangu site...
If we only knew what we missed....scenic sight wise...
It was pretty foggy...
After a while we made it to some peak...
It was a retty mysterious day and hike...
Carl was enjoying the wind...
Heading the last kilometer back to Dali train station
Its getting hotter the lower we get...and the wind is not that strong down the low altitudes either...
But Carl was happy
...he kept talking pics at the tran station...
We also tried to go to yilan but it was about an hour before next train went there...so we took the train north instead towards taipei...
...jeremy wanted to go for all you can eat pizza hut...
We also went to ximen later...
And to gongguan...

Some pizza event in Taoyuan

I went on a pizza event in taoyuan recently...
And also had my swedish beer with me..
Since I love cheese soo much, i bought some extra package...plus garlic...
This was the 3rd pizza I made...
I also added som curry on the pizza after a while...

A visit to Fulong sand sculpture festival

I paid a quick visit to Fulong recently...
II ofund a fast train from taipei
Some sculpture could be seen in the horizon...
Many people were here...
First sculture was some kind of locomotive...
Some other detailed stuff...I wonder what glue they are using...seems like pretty solid surface...
Some big sculpture...
And some wierd sculpture...
...one sculpture that broke...
And some easter island maoi head...
Later we had some sausage...
At a jamaica flag painted table....
 
I also passed by my favorite bakery in Jiaoxi...
...and went all in on cheese bread as usual...
Thigs are the same here...still refusing 200NTD notes...
Alot of traffic here...
2018 continues...

A hike to Mt QiXing in yangmingshan

I went out with some cowrokers recently...
We went to shilin nightmarket...since gide michelin started to rand Taipei resturants in their red guide we tried some hotdogs that got some fork award...
We also had negronis at ximen later...its my bartender friends best drink...reminds me ot old orange marmelade...
I also had some hamburger later on...
Some interns looking for Mt Qixing trail entrance...
...it was said to be the highest peak at yangmingshan...wtairs all the way up...more or less...
Some view from a map that we couldnt enjoy due to the clouds...
...some peak sign...
...and some view....
Some volcanic activity...
...we started at point A and ended at point B, with the main pea inbetween...seems like peak to point B was shorter...that peak to point A...
...pretty foggy at the visitor center at the peak...
And a nice miniature map...
Some peak was 1200-something high...
We climbed up to 1300-something today...
Later we went to a hongkong restaurant...
...we also went for some dessert...with alot of fruit...
And ended at some roof top later...

A revisit to the hamburger with cheese BBQ all you can eat in ximen

I went semi all in on all you can eat hamburger some time ago...
Alot of melted cheee with some hamburger meat underneath...
Also alot of ice cream...I should imnd my body fat soon...maybe next week...or next month...

A new brewery in nankan

A brewery has opened in nankan in taoyuan
 
It taste like most other breweries in Taiwan (except yilan maitina and le ble dor)
5 liters for 1000nt...
We got plenty of free beer while at the brewery...
Nice afternoon beer...

A visit to the Golden canyon

I paid a visit the the golden canyon recently
Mr Serna was fixing some finger gloves on a friday...
I had some comombuan sugar n lemon drink the same day...
And the day after I headed to Hualien
I found some aborignal drinks such as xiaomijiu
I bought some small one...
It was a sunny day at the east coast...
And people were getting prepared for some river tracing
Up along some small river...
that had its more watery parties...
And a place to jump from...
I published this on google maps...
We also had some costco pizza here...
And later went for some high jump...
And more pizza...
Some locals were also fishing small fish...
Later on we headed up the forrest...
And back to the river...
And some people jumped from this water collection tower...
And later on we swam some more...
...I missed some wild hotspring here...
We jumped from these cliffs aswell...
We were asked to wear wet suit the whole day...pretty hot...
...and some people peed in their suit as well...(i didnt)
Jump again...
And more walking...
and more jumping
some clouds were approching...
later on we put up a camp...
and some people were taking a short swim...
the guides were preparing food
some guy brought fake kavalan whisky...
we also brought some beer...
it was pretty touristic here...many groups walked up and down...
after a while the dinner was finished...
Omg...up n the nearby forrest I also found some hunters hut...
dinner is ready...
some vegetable and flat noodles...
We also brought a very huge log, which we put on fire...
Mr Serna was supporting as an umbrella holder in the rain...
and many of the locals were talking pictures...
...with different poses...
another pose...
Later we went to sleep in the tents...
Breakfast time...
Some bagel...
With meat and more lettuce...
t was pretty good...
Jason, who invited me here was eating by himself...
Some hunters bringing fish down...
Time to head to the golden canyon...
I saw a very suspicous cable...it might be some electricacl grid to the hunters hut...
Mr Serna was preparing water to his bottle via a filter...
Off we go...
We left the tents at the camp while heading further up stream to the canyon...
Slowly walking...
They previous day we were wearing wet suit...
(dates on pics indicated williams go pro cam)...
we were heading further up stream
pretty hot, and sunny...in this canyon south of taroko gorge
me and william and the guides were the ones skiping the wet suit...they first thoguht we were americans who wanted to sue the guides for strachin ourselves...i told them i was european...
...some nice pond upstream....
...we made a train...
...and continues further up...
...later we came to a cave...
...and some time later we came to the place where we had to limb more..to get to the golden canyon...
and many people were posiing.å..
...another lake..or pond...upstream...
...after some climbing we came to another pond...
....and we ahd to wait,,cus the guides had so secure the ropes...
...yet another waterfall to climb....
...and finally we reached the golden canyon...it was said to look golden in some light....
The guides thought about fixing so future tourists could climb further up, but the tarko national administration said no...(when they applied)...
After some time we were back at the camp...for some fast lunch
And cleaning some equipment...
It started to rain...but thats ok...the air is very fresh here compare to the western parts of taiwan...
Mr Serna put on his wet suit again...
We hiked down in some hour, what took us a day yesterday...
Chillin in the water...
When back to hualien we quickly returned ur equipment...
Serna was waiting for the cab...
It was a fast baibai to the others...
While the clouds were covering the mountain tops that yesterday was shiny...
I finished the xiaomijiu I bought the morning before...
But bought some more drinks and chicken...
...omg...a nice pic of the lake near hualien...
I also bought some mochi, which is some rice startch that is said to be famous around hualien...2018 continues...

Annual swedchamb meeting 2018

I visited an anual swedchamb meeting recently...
...alot of swedish food...
...and kaviar...
 I ended with some hot beer...it was interesting...

A trip to xuepa

I went to hsinchu recnetly to study
And had some indian food
I also went to the xuepa national park...whch is famous for this mountains...(daba jian shan)
nice art...
this is the entrance to the hike...I was here 5 years ago...
Plenty of peaks suppose to be visible...
...at this Guanwu recreation area...
I found out that htere was some other national park i might not have visited called Shoushan national nature park...
...and also this Dongsha atoli national park..
I saw the same pic as when i was at hehuanshan som weeks ago...
Omg, osme ice sign with water dripping...
And some insect...I saw this inside the national park trail, I applied at the local police station but was not allowed to enter to the mountain area...
...some water fall...far away...
I can recall I saw a car down the slope last time i was here...i ended up looking for this car while walking...
...i looked until the 3.5k mark, then i returned...
I made a stop at this place on my way back..some abrigiinal place...
with some colourful stair...
and floor...
...and a random tree house...
I was looking fofr another coffee ouse like this...
with alot of decoration...they are comon in the mountain area...
small details...
and shelves...
I had some sallad...
and pasta...
and some small coffee...
I also found some round place to sit...
...interesting restrictions....and signs...
I ended they night by watching Sweden vs Korea...

A night at asia49 with all you can drink

I went to asia49 recently with some friends
They had an all you can drink offer...
...later on we headed to gongguan...by some reason my friend sean sat on my lap in a shacky cab ride, making me pretty car sick...I didnt feel well at this moment...
I ended up meeting a friend some hours later in banqiao...
There I had a chocolate drik...
I alos tried a beer ice cream..
I was le ble dor that has this offer during the summer...

A day at the east coast and some bar chill

I went to some bar recently...with some friends...
We had some pretty big fruit teas...
Some time after we headed to Waiao...for surfing...
My friends found a crab...
We also got some free seafood from locals...
Alot of it...
Sean was there...he is funny...
I also passed by my favorite bakery and had a beer at the place opposite to it...in Jiaoxi...
Later on we went to taipei to some fete du la musiqe event...
Me and Carl went out cycling after that...
I also went to Tianmu to meet up Johnny and Roy...friends from NCTU...
There i got introduced to some new mesic events...

Computex 2018

Time for computex again
Same as last year...but not much candies nor pens...
Many locals taking pictures...
I also attended a forum hosted by Business Sweden...

A local hiking event in Taoyuan and Open air in Taipei

I joined a local hiking event in Taoyuan recently
I took a taxi the last bit, but it was hard for the driver to find...
I met up with William from Colombia
We got some lottery tickets...out of 6000 people, i think about 50 could win a bike...
Many stands where the were spropotin stuff...
...later we headed to Taipei
I tried some mexican taco without meat...and the beans were pretty hard...
I also passed by some strange tent...
...no naked people inside...
I also wanted some coconut juice, but got a whole coconut...
I also met up with Carl...he is funny...
We ended up cycling in taipti city to some other bar...
 
 
 
 

Baibai Vicky

Swedish chamers intern Vick is heading to Beijing and then to Sweden
She ad some farwell event some time ago...
And she held a speech...
Later we headed to ximen
and to SYS memorial hall....some random bar near little london
We also passed by Att4fun
Before my friends ended at a new club at the entrance floor...
 Klash was its name...

Fined by a potentially fake police

I was stoped by a fake police some days ago...
She gave me a fine for crossing the street...
She refused to show me any kind of photo ID, but refered to that "she was wearing police clothes"..the logic was so funny...but still sad, if this is the was to be cheated by a fake cop...totally different world...
Here is the crime scene, crossed when pedestriants have green...
Another funny logic thing is that I recently went on a bus and paid my ride with coins. the driver insitted that if i paid with coins I had to pay double fee, compare with if i didt not pay with coins...very funny logic...

A quick visit to an island

I paid a visit to an island recently...
It had some wierd harbour...
And many small islands nearby
...it also had many boats..
It sees like some nearby islands were artificial...
...and another nearby island was super crowded...
There were also many small small islands...
Later on I went to some bar and I had many drinks...
Luckily the drinnks were free...
This one was recommended by the bartender...
Also chocolate cake was available...and cheese toast as I remember
...omg, they also had arla milk...
And indian food...i like curry and masala spice..
I also had many star fruits...it use to remind me of tropical areas...
There were alos some tropical houses along the sea
 
And people climbing coconut trees...
And alot of dessert...
...and other creamy stuff...
...Mas Huni...what is that?
..."what did johan eat today"?
Also some snorkeling was made...
...and more eating...
...and drinking...
and snorkeling...
Some boat ride...it was s fun way to steer the boat...with the foot...cut the propeller was only in one angle...like an old viking boat...
...another tropical island..
and another sea house...
...here we go again...more dessert...
...and other creamy stuff...
and some exersice...
Also they had some scuba diving...
and manta point...my favorite fish...
Omg...they also had stingray...like my fathers old corvette
...and other funny looking fish...
I also went for a short flight...
and did some geocaching...its always interesting...

Some people

Ha, since internet started trolls became more common. But even before many organisations etc had to deal with them.  friend of mine described a troll like this. 
Image result for adolf hitler
Not many people knew hitler, but he is a comon symbol of hate etc.
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Trolling
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2012/jun/12/how-to-deal-with-trolls
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll

A hike with Oscar

Me: Where do you want to go?
Oscar: Mountain area
Looking for buses and car rental stores in a coutnry where there is a "no why" ending to most aruments/quetsions, we took scooter...
Oscar wanted to leave 5am, due to traffic...but not many taiwa go to the mountains...
Oscar had some ideas about the road...
After Jiaoxi we passed by an aboriginal museum, that I wanted to visit for a long time...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atayal_people on pic at this wiki link...
I was party in a rush since Oscar didnt have the same interest as me with this cultural info...but it was interesting about the clothing etc...
Some nice and colour pic...
And a classic map over aboriginals in taiwan...
...and some names...
...and some info about how people moved before and the similarites with other people in polynesia...
I also got a atayal name...Wadan...
Baibai friends...the guy the the left is Paiwan guy from Pingdong...
A rural area...but still interesting house...
We stopped in Nanshan for some food...
Omg, a family mart...recently opened...just like in orchid island where a 7-11 recently opened...will it kill the old local stores...?
I got some aboriginal food...
Oscar was tired after a whiel...
He likes his sun glasses...here in Lishan...
...we later made it to Hehuanshan...it was so steep and high up so I asked him to walk on the worse part...
...we later made it to the central peak...and we installed oscars drone...
...it was pretty good weather...we expected rain...
...some guiding tour arrived after us...
...some cluds far away...
Some locals posinng...
Oscar checking his drone...
...after a while we were heading back...
...we planned ot put up a tent, but might ask in a nearby resort if they have a cheap bed...
..must be the highest reosrt in taiwan...3100m high something...
they even had a ski resort here some time ago...
...yep, oscar was willing to pay 1200nt per bed...including breakfast and dinner...
in the background "qilai" mountain..the dark mountain...
Dinner...pretty crowded....
ha..they had some oxygen chamber for people...some locals were using it...
...they also had plenty of nice pics...this was the name of the restaurant...
They also had some inspiring wooden sculpture...
...and animal poster...
...bird poster...
...eng of may...11.3 degrees...very nice...
In the morning it was sunny weather again...
Oscar made some drone tests...
Blue sky...I like...
My faovrite moutnain Zhongyangjianshan, as a pyramid in the background...
 
Scooter to a local store to buy dringk...and sun block on...
...we also left plenty of stuff at our scooter...before heading up on the north peak of hehuanshan...
some small hill which is he trail entrance of the north peak...1000 of locals, as it seems..
We were walking faster than others...alot of passing by people
Locals resting...
Pretty nice filds up here...
up here we could se nanhushan and zhongyangjianshan...I also got tast of how dangerour ignorance is, when some locass told me that that high mountian over there is not xueshan (the second highest peak in tiawan). they claimed that that peak is in yilan...i ownder if they ever been in yilan or know what a coast town looks like...
me and oscar continued towards the west peak...
Oscar saw jade mountain in the horizon...
Also he drove his drone while walking...
yesterday he almost crashed hte drone...I was worried that he might lose it forever if he goes to far away (it can drive 2km away)...
Later we headed back again...passing all the 1000 locals again...
blurry pic...
Far down there is the resort and the highest road in taiwan...
I also saw a new 7-11 pretty high on road 7...i knew that the highest 7-11 befoer was on road 14 towards Puli...i had to stop here and get some stuff...
Back in nanshan  I saw that they had le ble dor at family mart...I had to buy...
We also stoped on the raod 7 conection to Daxi...just for fun...
and passed kavalan destillery
and later went to jiaoxi and waiao
english teachers and tais who love foreingers mecka...
some kids made a fire on the beach...
Oscar went to bed early..I was the driver...
We did somme short visit back at the beach...
and later headed north..oscar wanted some fish..but they only had hotpot at the fish villages we went to...
sun glasses one...
after some hours drive we were back in taipei..oscar wanted to go to Din tai fong...
..too long queue there...we ended up at a roof top in yonghe...
pizza and music
Oscar left the ame day...
finishing with BK at the airport...sometimes they are not that good...i they tend to sell cold nuggest at late hours...
Last pic of oscar...baibai
Oscars summary of the mountain trip...
 

Eating kaorou with Oscar

I went to a taiwanese resturant with Oscar recently
Oscar wantes same as the table arby...
But it turned out to be blood pudding, not fish, and far to spicy for oscar...i had to finish it...
Oscar ate my sweet n sour sauce and noodles instead...

night out with Oscar in Taipei

Oscar is in town
We went to the recently opened asia49
Oscar was chewing dry taro i got form Danlin...
They had Moai look (easter island statue...my favorite destination on earth)...
We went by ubike...
...to ximen...
We planned to eat all u can eat, but 1h before meeting up, oscar decidd to eat by himself...but after another 4-5 hours we went to a BBQ place...
Alot of meat...2018 continues...

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