1st of may hike

I chilles with interns on 1st of may
Met with friends at a beer bar...
I had some local beer there...
And i inspected an elephant near elephant mountain...
And inspected people at the view of taipei 101 at elephant mountain...
Later we headed for some ubike...
Passed by the colombian restaurant near yuanshan...
This time the colombian oner was also there...
I had some coconut-pinneapple drink aswell...the night ended with costocositi in guanu and a qucik visit at eletronicl plaza in taipei city...

All you can eat BBQ with an intern

I went to an all you can eat recently...
It was in ximen...with an intern...
Its a nice place with free beer refill and cheese and hamburgers...
I was challanged to eat 5 cheese burgers...
I made some extre cheese on some...
Cheese is pretty rare in taiwan...

A quick visit to the north east

I joined some people to north east part of taiwan recently
Some cat vilage was the first stop...
Many cats...
...mainly painted but some real...
one can pick  food to attract them...
...they also had many cat stores here...
and some funny posters on where to pet the cats...
Some cats were used to alot of attention...
Later we passed by jiufen...
...and walked to the gold museum...
some japanese architecture...i like this buildng alot...
...the "famous" sunset in jiufen...
I also had some local beer...
...they had 2 kinds.....its brewed in Bali...seems like they are pushing this beer to the market pretty hard....
Then i entered the night market...
and the "famous" stairs...many japanese people here...
Pic after pic...
A visit to a teahouse was also made...
they have many interesting tunnels and places here...
Some local food?
...in the dark one could see keelung...
...more people photoing the famous stair path...
Jiufen was a ghost town after the gold rush...now its almost 100% tourist city...
Later on a visit the the burger place in ximen was made...
I wanted something with cinnamon...and got a mojito...
With a cinnamomn stick in it...

Not lose face - culture

Its interesting how some people act in a "not lose face" culture...I often pay with coins. Any many people just make up that the 20NT coin is "old", but the 200nt bill is new. It is a fact that they are made 2001, when taiwan was 90 years old.
I heard that people make things up, cus they lose their face if they cant motivate their theory or behavior...
Class for tais:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Taiwan_dollar

Visit to some bars in sourthern taipei

I met a german globe trotter recently, who has been backpackgin the world for 1.5 years...and more to come maybe...
We has been surfing in the filippines for some time and is now visiting taiwan for some weeks before heading to hongkong and laos...
I also made it to a great sky view place in taipei...in banqiao...
They have an all u can eat restaurant...and a sky bar...
Both indoor...for food...and outdoor for drinks...
They also had their own beer...but it was made in taoyuan...
Some view over the city...i gues we could see yangming mountain in the background if it was daylight...
I had 2 kinds of local beer...
I also tried a taco...but it wasnt really a taco...it was more oversalted korean meat in nacho shells...
The outdoor area reminded me of burj khalifa with the lightning...but not as big and massive...
Im not sure why the beer label had a coconut on...it wasnt flavoured at all...but had some IPA touch...

Geochacing along the riverside in taipei

I went geocaching recently...
...and I broght my favorite beer...
I also passed by Guandu...
And later on arrived to danshui...where it almost looks like in gothenburg...
I also made a brief stop at a local beer bar...
Dingmalr craft beer...
And some local kebab place...
They have a double set of the same menu...i wonder why...maybe to make it look like its more to offer...

A night out with Johnny n Roy

I was out some nights ago ang met some old NCTU friends and new friends
I also met a Rukai aboriginal friend...pretty cool...

A quick farewell of Gerlinghoff

I met Daniel Gerlinghoff recently...in taipei
He was chillin with some friends and later he met up with me
He looks a little like my cousin...
We were talking bout his recent trip aournd the island by bike...
He also gave me an owl...bought near sun moon lake...nice!...

Royal wedding in Danlin (last days)

We were all dressed up for a ceremony in a nearby citi in danlin...some days in the wedding week...
Heading to the area...
We also saw some locals burning fire crackers...so cute...
Pretty smokey afterwards...
In the horizon we saw the royals again...
They had some singing going on on the stage...
I liked these buns with coconut on it...(we started to eat pretty soon in the ceremony)...
Uday was taking with some people, I think he wanted to go to Kenting...
Some kids were performing on the stage...
We also become good friends with a chubby kid from the neighbour village...we also met him shortly the day before...
We also got to say bai to the newly wed...
And we ended up at some local house....but we were not allowed to eat their food...we just sat and talked...
The chubby kid was also playing around...
...later we ended up eating in danlin instead...
Eating and drinking...
...and drinking...
We also tried some purpulse stuff..maybe taro...?
After a night full of events we ended up at a near by breakfast place...
Geai was acting the waiter...
We got some hotpot stuff...
A slow lunch...
We later on headed to a nearby house for more eating...
...and drinking...
Funny pic...
Many youg people discussing...
We also got some rise roll with pig fat...pretty good...
Some locals were fighting...pretty strange...
I was observing some local art during the fight event....
Me and bubba was chllin around looking at local people
Some kids in the night...how cute...
One of the guys brought a bottle of vodka...pretty funny...they wanted to shot...
More dirnking...
Uday posing from danlin looking at the nearby village...
Some ppl collected sticks if they were to be attacked...but it ended with negotiation...
Some night discussion...
And more mingleing on the street...
People started to drop off...one by one...
And morning started to appear...
Later, the foreigners and some youngsters were still awake...
And the older started to wake up...
Last night pose...
...or this is the last one...
 
 
...a poser who fell asleep...2018 continues...
 

A royal wedding in Danlin

I went to Danlin recently
I brough one of my favorite beers...yilan maitian
Many familiar faces were there......(seen behingd a millet wine i bought in jiaoxi some month ago)...
The funny Try me guys...
This girl got pretty drunk after a while...and so did others...we ended up dancing and playing music for some time...
After some hour sleep we prepared for some wedding ceremony...
All dressed up...
Some other people from other villages were also there...
And many people drinking millet wine...(to the left are donations from the other village ii think)...mostly symbolic stuff...
Geai got a sword...I alo wanted one...but its only for some people in this ceremony to wear...
...I might make a sword like this when I get home...
Bubba also dressed up...
...left handed...
Later we wend to a wedding lunch...
 
The bride was carried in on a chair...
We were at out "foreinger table" eating and drinking...
Later uday dropped by...
We were also asked to drink with other tables...
...and suddenly thre was some dance performance...
Many people were there...this is a 4 day event...this was the second day...
The royalties had pretty exclusicve dresses...
Bubba was drinking with locals...his chiense is pretty good...
Later we headed back to the house...
On the way I spottd this special dress..blue..looks almost amis...but not really....
Geai enjoying the view from danlin...
...back to the house for more drinking...
...and music playing...
...omg, my friend got a golden ring..very exclusive..but is it real?
hmm...some stamp on...im not sure about the system in Taiwan...in sweden we have a "cat foot" for items like this...
...people drinking...
...others were singing karaoke...
...the killed some pig for this event...s we had alot of meat...
...poor bubba...he picked Ice Ice baby, i told him i can help in the chorus..but on the rap session it was hard...
He did a pretty good job anyway...
Back to the house...for some drinking...
Some amis people were there...
...all dressed up again...
We went togetehr to the village nearby...
They had some preparation for a new dancing ceremonty...
Many cute people in dresses...
The royalties...
We also wanted to take pics with the royalties...
Later on we went for some more eating and drinking (mainly beer and millet wine)...
This millet wine was very good...
...later on we went back to the house for more drinking...
And the bride dropped by...
We aso had some tofu...2018 continues...

Geocaching in Taipei

I went geocaching in taipei recently...
And tried some strange drink inbetween...
They have nice areas for cycling near the riverside...
"happy winner"...interesting company name...
I ended up drying some local beer form Bali, my friend Joel knows the owner...its not far form Mamasui, where i took the beer brewing course some years ago...

Riverside bike tour in the sunset

I recently went on a river side bike tour near songshan...
I join my friend Chun, who use to live in this area...
Later we headed to a near by night market...
And some pastery that ahd some michellin star...I was told...
...very famous..
...I also tried some other pasteries without stars...
This one was like a french petit chou, but sweeter and with butter...
I also made it up to elephant mountain...
...and had some local 7-11 stuff...
I also found some ubrger bars..but never entered....
"Yolo" a common message nowadays...
I also used ubike to go to some culture park...
This park had local beer from Hsinchu...
I tried 2 kind...tasted pretty normal "taiwan local beer"...

Some small events in northern taiwan

I went geocaching some days ago...
It is fun...nowadays they give some souvenirs....i guess to encourage people to do more geocaching...
Some log sheet...
I later headed to Ximen for a cinnamon drink...
I ended at an australian place...with some local kebab...

A hike to yangmin shan

I made a trip to yangmin mountain recently...
Omg, bu tI observed that taxis charge extra to use their trunk for luggage...i guess if i was in this taxi  i wil leave everything   on my lap...
 
I also observed some breakdancers in ximen...
...and had some 4 cheese burger at AK12...
With some all u can drink offer at G2 paradise...
...Later we headed to yangming mountain...
...kristoffer was there...he had some experience...
Some first peak...
We also saw this sign...that not to walk withit te rope...or is it "only to walk within the rope"?
Heading to next peak...
We could see the city from this smaller peak...
We headed to bayan hotspring...
OMG...some fine...to enter this path....
We walk maybe some other day...
We walked on some water system...
Daniel played with the ditch...
After some time we got closer to the bayan hotspring...
...many people were there...
Kris was impressed of the path with hot water...
After some hotspring bath we were heading back to taipei...
Kris made some read stone pic...
After some bus waiting, we decied to get a cab to civilsation...not sure why the bus werent according to schedule...
We headed to Barhai...and had some local beer...
...and some fried rice...
Kris will short hair...
After this we passed by a colombian place...
And we ate some wraps...it was good...my friend recommended since he is from colombia...

A latino carneval near Yuanshan

Omg...taipei have some info about aboriginal language...epic...
Atalay...or taiyazhu...as people say in chinese...
They also shared some culture...
I later went to an all you can eat...and drink...
They had 3 kind of wine...
...beer...
...and alot of meat and fish...
I later went to a carneval for latino countries in taiwan...and passed by a stand where they were selling some kind of kebab...
 
They had s stage where people performed...
I also tried some coffee some somewhere...
...many restaurants were there...to sell their stuff...
...some peruean drinks...
Sergio was there...
...and some other NCTU friends...
....they had alot of dancers...
And DJ Cola was there...from peru...
Many foreigners were there...
And later on some party appeared closer to the clug "triangle" that was some 5 minutes away...
Many people were dancing...
Patric was there...talking to some girl...
I later got some pizza...
...and one more...2018 continues...

End of a UAE visit

I had some marmelade to breakfast recently...
Similar to those I had when I visited switzerland some years ago...
Omg...a lady cabin on the train...i didnt find any male cabin...not policital correct...
does warfs go for free?
...a bus ride to Abudabi...
And the natural scene of UAE...dessert...with some plants...
and some forbidden a rea...
...omg..more trees...
...and some singapore boat lookalike...
....many rues here...
...heading to some place wher they have cae burger...and a nice ceiling...
...many people took picutre of this place...
...i had some gold coffee...
more gold than in burj al arab...
omg...my cael burger also had gold...
...even the french fries...
....and some small window creating sea view...
...with expensice yachts outside..
...some sky scrapers of abudabi...
...also at the exit...may people took pics..."fmous from the fast n the furious" movies...
...there was a geocache nearby...but probably outside...(mystery cache)...
next destination: a big mosque...
voted as "the worlds second famous landmark" by trip advisor...
with many constrints..but the security guards were very nice and polite...
Like in turkey but whiter...
the entrace was huge...
a very peaceful atmosphere...
And impressice ceiling...
Separated area for whorshippers... 
Expensive lamp...
and exclusive carpet...
The toilet had less white stones...
And it got some award some years ago...
Also the malls in dubai had spectacular ceiling...
I went for some geocaching...
Found atleast one...
Passng the coastline and spotting burj al arab...
...heading to some other famous area...near the ocean...
...they had a shark tank...
...and a gordon ramsay restaurant...
He is probably oe of the most famous chiefs nowadays...and probably aso one of the best paid...
some dish at his restaurant...
...some pre dish...
and his burger...it was ok...but cosbys in taipei was better...when it existed...
A beef wellington, his signature dish...i tink...
I also ordered a mashed potatoe...expeted it to be awesome...it was ok...
my burger broke when eating it with my hand..."why, why, why"...
and the frensh fries id not all ahve the same length..as i can recall he wanted from his "master cheif" series...
Chiinese new year decorations...
Some col blue light in dubai...
And a last glance at the burj khalifa...
Weight of the evening 101.3kg...
...dubai airport had a paryer room...i see them more and more frequetly...
also a female prayer room...i wonder if muslim countries have prayer rooms for "other"...maybe in sweden...
When watching the safety video in emirates I notced that they ahve 2 difference videos...with where they use another wording for phone battery....
Back in taiwan I saw pics of some aboriginal event...2018 continues...

A short visit to UAE (Part 2)

Some after noon in dubai...
View of a train staion in central dubai...its pretty convenient with the train system....even if the city doenst have any "city center" feeling...
...this is pretty center...
This building is also pretty central...
...a building with pretty cool fountain...
Most of it is made of concrete...its pretty aero dynamic, more than double height or brudaremossens TV-mast...
They have many observatories...this is one of the cheapest called "the top"...
...seen from almost 100km away...
a pretty long queue to go p to the middle observatory...
the elevators had some projetor displaying its current level...
plenty of lights down there...
even from the middle observatory it was more than 300meters to the peak...
With plenty of lights of different colours...
also the fountains at the bottom had cool lights...
...with epic music to it...
Also making some cool patterns...
 
It was pretty touristic up here...some VR computer where one can experience the peak...
...more light shows...
The observatory was at at 2007 it reache 458m....
...this meant also that when I visited tipei 10 for the first time..it wasnt the highest building on earth...
...also there are plenty of high antennas all over the world...independent on how you count..burj khalifa is highest anyway...
...some constrution picture...
Pretty trousitc....one of the most useless stuff, a miniature building...a.k.a. a dust collector...
From above the buiding looks like a star...
also by night there were plenty of cool light shows..they also had cool music with the fountains again...
At a nearby mall they also had a pretty big shark tank...
and piranas...
omg...swedish Arla protein drinks in a store near burj khalifa...
I also bought Sahlab, its like turkish salep but with milk instead...
I also tried to find a geocache near these "famous" buidings...
I ended the walk with passing by thie big ben look-a-like structure....

A short visit to UAE

I only had 2 things i want to do, when visiting dubai...(except maybe find a geocahe)...
I passed by Burj al Arab...
Pretty empty insice...except the few rooms...
And alot of patterns...
...the danish flag outside...nautical flag...
They had pretty expensive stuff in there....
...and many boats outside...
I had a lunch in there...arabic food...
First batch...
No geocaches inside...
...I had an Burj al Arab coffee...
...second batch...
...third batch...
...fourth batch...
...I also had "local beer" from lebanon...
...fifth batch...dessert...
....and some cake with the logo...
...its suppose to be a 7 star hotel...but i found some broken hook...in the toilet...omg...
But they had their own logo on the toilet paper...epic...
...they also had some water show in the indoor fountains....
Many people taking pics...
Even on the esculator...
...omg...a hole in the wall...on the second floor from the lobby...
...but hard to spot from distance...
Many cars were outside...the clerk looked like westerner...
...Some outdoor pic...
Many people were looking from outside the gates...
...one needed a booking to enter...
...some people passing by to take pic...the hotel was pretty remote...from the city center...but near some water park...
Weight after visit ...100.3kg...

Some day in dubai

A quick trip to dubai was made...
Plan to stay some day via a transfer...and swa this arc shpaed buidling reminding me of the one in paris...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Arche
Omg, later on I found that they have simlar soap for body and face, but difference sizes...interesting...
I also found that the flush button for the toilet was places wierd...
Arebic burger king...
I later had some Sahlab...its an arabiv version of Salep that I tried in turkey, and that my sister bought for me when she visited...
I really love it, it taste like rice porridge, it was acctually popular in  europe before the area of coffee and tea....
Later I tried some local food as well...some pita thing with lamb meat...
I also had lemon, the same kind my moroccan friend taught me how to do in sweden...
2018 continues...

Last day in rome

I passed by the coloseum once upon a time
Looks like everyone expected...
Old place...seems like many people died in here...
The arena...wasnt that big as in the movie the gladiator...
The main floor was gone...but this is how it looked underneath it...
And some small peice of seats remains...
 
Some miniature...
They made some new floor at one side for some groups to stand on...
They also had many souvenir shops...
Later a visit to the old rome was done...
Forum romana...like in the old computer games...
This is in the middle of the city...
Some interesting small house...
And more acient structures...
There were also some people protesting against turkish government or something..and many poilce were standin up to prepare incase of a fight...
And some heavier trucks...
There was a huge queue to see the Mouth of truth statue
Some scull...like in indiana jones....
EVery one wanted to touch the statue and take a pic...
They even had a quard there to control that everyone only took 1 pic...
Later i tried to find a geocache here...but it could have been gone...
Cosinus hyperbolikus...
Protest...
The police seemed used to these protests...
These lamps looks like starwars characters...
I later one went to this restaurant which had a very old water tap...
I had some local food too...
And some parma ham...
...ater on I also had some pizza...
...I also had some traditional dessert...
Leaving the county I saw some animal statues...
Another animal...reminds me of south america...

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