The last 2 days at Orchid island

Time passes by fast...
...even on orchid island...its not many things in english here...this is a sichuan noodle...that i got to try at on of the villages with many restaurants...
And beef noodles...
Only one store on the island have fresh milk...
I also passed by a light house...
And walked on a path...
...that was pretty narrow...
...to find...wops..wrong way...
...some strange sand...
...ah...here the second largest lake on orchid island...
This is the chinese name...
My hostel has a terrace on the roof...put ging up there is pretty dangerous...if u fall, its 10 meters down...
But its nice...imagine a BBQ up here...
Many cars without regstration sign..I wonder if any car has a valid sign...I also was told that no one have driver license here...
Many old houses use to look like this...build upon stones...
These old houses even had postal address...
A lady from the hostel hosted and told stories about these houses...
With fire place in side...
And horns from goats and jaws from pigs...
They also had armor...when peopel trhew stones at them...
And the floor was tilting, if the kids peed, it would go off...naturally...
I later made a run to a peak...
The weather was bad...but it was the last day o the island...
No parking it saidm but firther up, I found a parking sign anyway...
Pretty strong wind...and high up...
Just like in tainan, they had a house that was old with trees inside it...
But this was build by the japanese...
Some earthquake station...
And a triaditional rest place,,,
They had arrows on the street, in case some one wonders where to go...
Later I had some rise meal...
Not many tourists here...only the local people...
And sweet and sour fling fish...the season just started in the south part of the island...
A short night visit to the local bar also...it was the only one I could find...
I had a baileys...
They give u alot of side dishes...thats nice...
And crabs...
There is the owner and a dutch girl who was doing some culture report...she stayed here for 2month...
We were treated budweiser by a local....it was nice...
Next day it was cloudy again...up there somethere is the highest peak of orchid island...I tried to go up there...but it was rainy, so I was advised not to...
The breakfast place also had diving activiites...according to new your times orchid island is top 11 diving place in the world...
A taiwanese hamburger...they are common for breakfast...
A traditional suit among the locals...
Many hens and pigs running around on the street...
I wanted to hide a gea cache...so i needed to find a jar...
And some paper...and pen...
Water proof...according to geocaching.com there are nogeo caches on orchid island...yet....
The flight was 13.40...i. think...
Omg...the highest mountain...i will for sure climb that if i return...
Even the airport was shaped as a traditional boat...
I decided to hide the geocache near theairport...
Down here...
i think its protected form storms...and goats...that walk around the island...
omg...here comes some...
These are the koordinates...
Many fligths today...
When i arrived to taidong...i started to prepare my next hike...
It was to Jiaming lake...at the northern part of taidong county...
I also tried to find a place to eat...
But usualy in taidong, things close after lunch...
But i found a nice cafe with cool interior design...like this...
Some crack in the wall, that they made art of...
Its common in taidong...art...i feel like in the south of france when im here...
...absolute vodka bottles...
Cheela, the place seems to be called...
It was just near the bike stroke that I went on last year...it was nice...
And a cosy taoilet...
And some pizza oven...I wonder if they even use this...
The tab was also interesting with a cat that u flip...
And some pulp, that was used for the plants...
I had some ice cream...
The tea spoon was a cinnamon stick...
I also had yoghurt...
Later I went to buy a lamp, in case the hike tomorrow would take long time...
I later on went up north by scooter...to the police station on road 20, near the 153 Km mark...
Some constrution workers from taizhong were also here...
It was a littelc hilly, I think we were up 2500-3000 meters hieght...
They were nice, and treated me some food...
I need carbs, for tomorrow trip...at around 22 I went to bed...

Days go by on orchid island

Yesterday I went for a run around orchid island...it was ok...i started rather late...so I though a about taking a shortcut after 12km, to bad that I went the wrong direction and had to run 27km...
But its good exersice...I plan to run a marathon next weekend.
Its not the main season for tourists right now, not that many lying fish nor cultural activites...
I also planned to climb the highest mountain, but some locals advised me not to since "there are some mysterious things going on up there...", so exciting,..
It seems like they adapted to the big rubber duck even here on orchid island...
They have many stores...but this one is most commonly open, and they ahve fresh milk...
Pretty sunny...on the road that takes you around the island...
And taiwanese coffee...
Omg...no registration plate...
Epic boat...
And a colourful breakfast restaurant...
Seems like the nly one open on this low season...
More boats...
And some milk tea...
Not sure what this is, but as long as its a local speciality, its ok...
I also asked for a burger...this is pretty similar...
Some other tourists...most of them are here for diving...
Omg, harpune...some countries still have courses....I think this sigb, asks not to use them...
This cliff looks like a boat...in the second world was, some american ship were shooting towards this boat for many hours...thinking it was a japanese boat...
Omg...a cave...
Pretty nice...
And some cosy gardens...
And some art store...
He seems interesting...making his own things...
They also have many owls here...why they often have paintings of them...
Some waves...
Ths highest mountain is over 500meters high...impressive...
More boats...
And some graveyard or something...
And more caves...
Ha, they even make the benches look like the boats...
Omg, a car without sign again...
And another one...with a goat in front...
They also had some cool graphics of the aboriginal life and how to live here...
More anonymous cars...
And some boats...
And another art shop...
This is a museum...so I can take some pics...
And later we headed up to one of the lakes that they have on the island...
I better watch my step...the bridge was about to break...
Ops....here it did...
Some students climbing...
Wow...here is the lake..finally...
And a nice view of the ocean...
This is a sign regarding the nuclear waste is out in the ocean or something...
I later on planned to run around the island...or atleast half of it...
I think it was 27km, or 15km - something...I decided to go for the short alternative...
Hmm..wierd...after 10km...i didnt see any trace of comming back...
Some interesing house...
I asked the local where I was...she wasnt sure...but it seems like I went for the long alterntive anyway...
When I came back...I was introduced to the washing machine...it was pretty funny...
And we went for a local resturant...no all you can eat...actually, since it was low season...there are not many places open...
Some rice...and vegetables...
Omg...another car without sign...
Wow...they have pinyin...
When I ran around the island...I found this bar...
So I had to try it...
IT was pretty nice...we even got some flying fish...
And some other snax...its by far the best (and only) on the island...
They dont like nukes here...same as in taidong...they see taidong as the "big city"...thats pretty cool...since taipei people see taidong as a "middle on nowhere" place...
They even hace a couch here...outside the bar...but in high season there are many people around here...
This is the place...the only place on orchid island...
Some more fish...yummy!
Omg, so cute...a girl who was there showed here Paiwan outfit...she use to work in sileng...sileng...a place where I passed not so long time ago...they have a wild hotspring there in taipei...very interesting girl...

On a quick visit to Orchid Island...

Im on a quick visit to orchid island...it is interesting...many things reminds me of green island. But here they have neither hotspring nor 7-11/family mart. By some way, i feel like in sweden during summer...maybe due to the temperature and humidity, its around 20-25 degrees....  
But first...train was taken from taipei...
I love the east coast...
It taidong it was raining...
And an interesting taxi driver drove to one of the only burger bars in town...
I had not only the biggest burger but also peanut butter fries...
It was pretty big...I had it last time i was here also...
"an awesome flavor of taitung"...it has an american owner...
Next stop was the airport...many surfers were here...
But most fligths to orchid island were cancelled...actually all so far...
Here is check-in...
They also ahd a museum at the airport...
And some souvenir shop...
And even taidong was decorated witht he orchid island boats...
They didnt checl much at the airport...liquids etc were ok to bring...
I used my ARC...instead of apssport...
This plane is heading to taipei...
And this to orchid island...
19 people can go per plane...and 6 depatrures were plannes originally today...
Taidong form air...
And here it is...orchid island...
And this is small orchid island...
By some reason, no one goes there...
Here is a place for nukelar waste from taiwan...
...someone has to take the shit...
Most people here are aboriginals...
We got a map...and the chance to rent a scooter...
it was ok...the island only has 1 gas sation...and no 7-11...nor hotsprings...
But alot of pigs, goats and cats running around...
I wonder how it is in typhoon season here...
This boat was also common everywhere...
I was told that pictures cannot e takes eerywhere..but when i was here...not one rejected me...
One of all the goats...
And also no helmets...
after a while, neither i was wearing helmet...
This pattern is common everywhere...
even on the gas staion...
also the stores has alot of jars without expire date...
Omg...Yushan vodka...thtats cool...
Some shop owner is buying beer...
Its also famous for the flying fish...but in the northern part of the island the seasons hasnt started yet...its 35km around the island...
They had a few specialities...
Seaweed etc...
And peanuts...
not sure...since it wasnt tourist seasons not that many places were open...
This BarBQ was open...but were selling sausage and chicken skin...not my favorite...
Many houses were only for "resting"...thus not that wind protecting...
They also ahd some churches..since many aboriginals are christian...
At the village where I stayed many houses looked likethis...pretty modern...

Thursdays trips and trekking...

Taking the first MRT at 6, I had to wake up even earlier...
In a dark Taipei...i walked to JingAn MRT Station...
I lated joined the car taking us eat...
I got some nice coffee...
Nice mountains at the east coast...
And the "ghost village" near Juifen, itwas built during the gold rush...
More narrow woars in the djungle...
And some garden work...
My friend had nice plans...he already had some plants there...
We also got sandishes...so professional...
Even if we were far up inthe djungle innorthern Taiwan...there were many houese here...
Omg, Keelung island...the one I wanted to go to some weeks ago...
I later visited a recently opened café...
And made a new batch of beer...
Before I went for a hike near Taipei 101...near where I did a trail run some years ago...
The first place was called the "elephant mountain"...
Impressig stone plate...withinformation...
Anders joined up, and showed some hip mobile apps...
This is a famous spot where people take pics of taipei 101...
We also found some strange machinery...
Some cable car...
More people enjoying the view... 
Sexy...
Photo shooting...
It was easy to get lost up here...there were many pathes...
What does this sign say....no pics?
Near this sign...pics?
As usualy, they were doing some constructions of the trailll
Among the people enjoying the view...
ämy friend Anders likes this cap...its common that tais wear strange words on caps...
We found many maps...but not many that showed our location...
More construction...
And some holy buddha...
I think this is the character my teacher gave me some month ago...
We were getting further and further away from Taipei 101...
Sometimes it looks strange..with the gray colours of the building...
We had some cookies during aquic break...
Andmore app sharing...
Anders has been here some years ago...he could recall...
Somered plants of a temple in the mountain...
And some old folks...drinking tea...just likethe mountains at the south part of taipei...
Some christian room...
The sun was setting...so we started to return... 
Many times her in taiwan, the sun sets over the horizon.-..due
to fog or something...
We checked how far we went as welll...
Except some minor GPS errors...we could conclude our distance and speed...
Later that night I also met an aboriginal from the Bunun tribe...they are famous for archery and hunting...so cool...
I also made a quick visit to my negihbours neighbourhood...
I passed by many times but i never entered...
We had some Weissbeer from taiwan here...
And some meet...it was pretty slow kitchen...
And some salty shrimps...
The waitress was also half aboriginal...her father was Amis...

A visit to north eastern parts of Taipei...

I paid a visit to the north eastern parts of taipei today...
I took the MRT...and saw a girl with a Fjällräven bag...
People were also dancing salsa or soemthing at Dahu MRT station...
They seemed to have many hiking trails here...
And nice bridges...
I met up with Anders and Nils...
And later went up hil...
Anders were filming...some short clips...
It was a nice view...
Many locals were here to exersice...
Not sure why...I guess its the fresh air that is nice...
It was warm...I like...after some weeks of raining...
They seemed to have many hikes in the area...
Omg, somce cool wall...Anders is an expereinces photographer...he saw this was...and had the sense that it will be a cool pic...
He is using both a normal camera and his smartphone...depending on...
Nils fell asleep later on...
German cars...so many in taiwan...
Omg...a fishing store...never seen that before...here in Taiwan...
We later on headed to a dumpling place...
With hot drinks...it was hard to carry the cups...
Nice food...
We later on went for geocaching...its a fun website, if you have nothing to do...to go for a world wide treasure hunt...
One of the Geocach treassures were near this lake...
A guy who doesnt want to get wet on his head...using a plastic bag...thats good...reuse!
We had some problems with finding the coordinates...and to match them with google maps...
Here is the place...
Later we found the place...
We also found a mobile pizzeria...
And some nice park...
Maybe this could be the tressure...
Omg, many bords at this place...
Even Anders were taking pics of the birds...
Omg, Anders are sitting on the priority seats...thats the beneits with having a kid...
Welcome to taiwan...They hae "Anti-spy camera detactors"...not sure how they work...but the Tais surely figured this one out...
Next stop is the ferris wheel in Neihu...
We went to Le ble d´or...
For some honey beer...I can tell that it tastes better with some side dish...but it was still ok...
Another interesting sign...it reminds me of the "area for girls at night"-zone and the pink whistle in the bus...it makes taiwan a more interesting place...

An attempt to visit Keelung island

There are 2 island in the north of taiwan thats on my bucket list...
A sunnt day (finally), heading to those islands...
Keelung harbor...
Many traffic lights...
I love the windmill/solar panel things they have here...
All info to find the islands were not in english...but some where...so once ina while its easy to get lost...
Omg...
Once again...omg...
This is some mark from a giant rock that fell down last summer, after that I went on the caoling trail...
Look at this video:
Some trace from where the stone slided down can also be seen...
Shit, the ferry to Keelung island doesnt go today :(
Many boats are out...but they seemto be fishing or diving boats...
This is as close I get to see the island...
I saw some other people glancing at the board...maybe more people wanted to go there...to bad...
They also had a fish market nearby...
I thoguht about having deep fried fish with mayonaisse...but they didnt have it...
Omg, a boat with the name "lanyu", it means orchid island in chinese...
More trip boats...
It looks a little bit like turutle island from here...
Heading back to the Heping island...
Many people park where there is a red line...I think its forbidden...
But who cares...
Omg, so much trash...thats what the ocean have to offer...it reminded me of indonesia...where the ocean was a place to dump trash...
Heping island was connected to land...
It was a park with some regulations...
And some smaller islands nearby...
It seemed to be like a big tourist attraction...
They heven had some duck- traces...
And some cool path, but due to some stones falling down, they blocked that road for visitors...
The cliffs here were pretty cool...
Omg, people seeing to warning signs and road blocking as a recommendation...that seems to be common here...
More cool cliffs...
ANd some military houses...
This cave was build by dutch people some hundred years ago...they still have some dutch paintings and text in the cave...
It was made as a cover when trying to conquerer the island...
More cool rocks...
And Keelung island....
It feels like a failure eeytime I see the island...I have to come back!
Other people so saw "recomendations" or "decoriations" when seeingthe signs...
Wow, they have a big spa here too...
...with showers...
400 years ago...this is what the spanish, portugese and dutch people saw in the horizon...I guess...
Omg, bepemefe (taiwanese pinyin) in the toilets)...
With some beach...
And more energy stations...I like...
Omg, Keelung signs as in Hollywood...
I remember when I cycled around taiwan, it was hard to find road 2 in keelung...it was all a mess...
Can you find the sign dor "road 2"?
Omg, family mart have strawbery flavoured ice cream now, everyone wants to try...
"its famous"...but limited...
This machines was working hard...
And many people waiting...
It was ok...
The trip continues...and I can still see keelung island...
Except the pier...im still thinking about how taiwan looked 300-400 years ago...
And keelung island :(
This is a new house near the northest point of taiwan...
Many people are enjoying the warm weather...forst day without rain...
Next stop was a harbour...where boats had lamps...
I think its to attract squids or something by night...
I can recall that I saw them when I cycled taiwan as well...
"Tsunami evacuation route"...I feel safe...
Twin Candlesticks...next stop...
like Swedish Raukar...
There are alot of hotsprings here...not tat far from Yangming shan in taipei...
Some happy buddha was also resting here...
"This volcanic group contains the est preserved traces of volcanic activity remaining in Taiwan..." better than turle island (thats classified as an active volcano I was told)...? strange...
The Rauk in a circle...
Interesting...
Omg "JS", my initials...
Many people were also taking pics on the island and ocean...
And some monument of the Rauks...
Passing by the mountian, on the way to Taipei (8km from there)...
Next stop was at JB´s Diner, a recently opened place...in Tianmu...
"Satisfying your burger"...what do they mean?
The prices were ok...
6 people were working in the kitchen...
I had a bacon burger...
They also had some lantern festival event near the old flora expo...
NExt stop...some japanese restaurant at Q-square...
Japanese salad...
...soup...
And sushi...
Next stop was Ireland´s Potato...
They didnt have mashed potatoes, witch cheese...not sure why...
But I ate them while watching the Lego movie...

Taipei Beer run

I came to taipei today at 6...
Back in taiwan, the heaven for scooter lovers...
And where birds are not allowed to take bus...
Directly when I arrived to went to the beer run near guring riverside park...
Many people were there...
My friend christopher was promoting it...
They didnt have any beer at the start, so many people went to a local 7-11 to buy some...
Many foreingers there...
The queue system didnt work totally...some queues were 1 or 2 people...
Long queue here...people prefered line up on this one...
I haf a Gold medal Taiwan beer...
They started people every 20 minute...
And we needed tattoos and an age check before we could start...(but they never checked it for real, i guess anyone could have started and participated for free)...
Many people taking pics...
And alot of light beer waste...but this we could not drink...
Everyone needed to wear the "beer run" t-shirt...
Some people ran, some walked, it was 3 km in total...
At many places they already wasted all the beer...I guess the early birds had more fun...
The first pitstop...
I felt sorry for people try to cycle here...so crowded...
And no strucutre...the kids working here did now know how to manage it...they asked everyone to queue somewhere else...(i guess its a consequence of the high power distance in this culture), since no one came with any good solution, just do as they were told...(barely anyone got to drink here...(when I passed by)...
They had this malt drink at the first stop...
The ran continues...
Ukulele performance...
I use to run on this field...its close to zhonghe...
Some maze that the participatns needed to passs, mad upon beer cans...
They were all full...
Some people took the bottles....
After a while everyone ended up stealing cans from the decoration...
After onther 10 mins we came to the end...
And got a medal...
With super long queues for everything...I alwyas wonder why they dont have double instead of single queue system...chalmers often has it, it speeds up the distirbution by double...
This was some competition, that people lined up for...not sure what you could win...
More queing...
Another queue...
I won a beer helmet...
And tried some peanuts, with malaspices...it makes my mouth go numb...not a good idea to eat if i want to be able to drink...
The queue were very slow, many foreingers blocked the entrance...since they didnt display who won, except on internet, they wanted to ask if they won, befoing queuing for 20 minutes...
But if they won, they took the prize directly...it was irritating for those who lined up...
But drunk foreingers dont care about others...
This is the prize...
Omg, a guy sneaked a whole box of beer...
I had my beer from the maze...some nice guy shared...
Else everyone got 3 cans...
I went back to the maze to see if they had any cans left...but it was all gone...
Some guys took a box of beer...and so did I...they had soo much left over...
Later I went to an all you can eat and drink...
It was with hotpot and sushi...
And Tsingtao beer...
Joel was amazed by the fish...
We also went by costco...
And tried local whisky...
And checked the wine...
Omg, christmas is approaching...
Later we went out drinking...and catching up on time...
Many different kinds of beer...
I also brought my glass from the oktoberfest in Munich...
To get the real beer feeling...(but it didnt taste better)...
They restores the hi-life near Joel...not sure why...but it was a face-lift...

Rafting in Ruisui

I went rafting in Ruisui today...more pics and story will come later...
Early sunday morgning. looking north on road no 9...
The only burgerbar is closed...
At the local 7-11 they have Ruisui milk...
The fulong lookalitke trainstation is empty...
My breakfast for the day...7-11 coffee and some european chocolate cake...au usual I wonder if they even had this in europe...
The local TV showed some canadian having a bread store in hualian...I missed that...
100km to Taidong, and 27 to Fuli, where they have a high waterfall I want to see...
A taxi helped with transportation from the train station to the rafting area east of the village...
Xiuguluan River...
The rafting is heading to the museum i visited this february...
Some days one can go further, maybe all the way to the ocean...
It is a long river (for beeing in taiwan)...
Many ppl come here for rafting....even munks...
Omg, a universal advertisement...just change the product in the girls hand...
Our group was special, hosted by aboriginals (Qimei/Amei tribes)...with local food etc..
The big tourist groups are going extra fast down hill...
First an interoduction movie...
The heading to the river...
Many boats were waiting...
So touristic...
Our group had 3 boats...
This guy is an aboriginal...
And this guy too...a leader in his tribe...
We were suppose to wear clothes...and still walkin the water...
Bettercover up, the sun is strong...
And some gray helmets...
We started a little earler...than the other groups...
Paddling, paddling...
This guy was from main land china...
The stream wasnt that stron yet...
But there were some waterfalls ahead I could hear...
And the middle range...
We had this rope in the middle, to hold on to, in case of a bumpy ride...
"Zuo hua" (left side paddle) or "You hua" (right side paddle) were things i heard fromthe guy in the back, who was incharge of the boat...
Many other boats were approaching, Ruisui was in the background...
I think out boat was the fastest...
"Hold on to the center rope!"...the ride is getting bumpy...
 Another calm area...
 We had a motor boat following us all the time...
Monkeys in the terrain...this is the same area as the "monkey bridge", which I visited last year...when I went to taidong...
The sun was strong, I had to put on more sunblock every 30 mins i think...
Tired boats...
 This guy looked like my old classmate Henry...
We got stuck on a stone, so the other boats passed by after a while...
The ride was like4-5 hours maybe...
Buffalos at the river bank...
Waterfall...
 This guy fell in the water twice...not sure why he never held on the rope...
More waterfalls...
The season for rafting is in the summer...
The assiscance boat took a break...driving up on the bank...
More buffalos...
After a while we went up on land...
The aboriginal guide wanted us to show some stones that we needed to pick...
A member of the Qimei tribe...
Tis boats guide jumped into their water to push the boat into the side...
Everyone were wet...
The stoned we were suppose to pick were volcano stones...since they survived heat, and can stand temperatures up to 500-700 degrees...
Some other assisstance boat...
Suddenly many boats passed by, and i realized how touristic this thing is...25 million taiwanese ppl, and if jus some percent wanna go rafting on this small island, these aboriginals earn alot...
This is the black stone that we needed to pick...
Yep...it passed the smash test, no cracks...this good to heat up...
More by passers...
Some people didnt find any black stones...
More boats...
They did barely pabble, their assistance boat were pushing and pulling them...
But i guess these people are not used to exersice...
Time to continue...
More sunblock on...
But this time we did some floating exersice...
A floating train...
It ws fun...and went as fast as the boat...
Pretty fun...
An aother aboriginal...so cool...
Paddle time again...
After another 30 mins of paddling, we did another stop...
This was some qimei camp...
They just adjusted the boats first...then we were suppose to se how they catched shrimps and eat fish...
A shrimp trap...
Omg, alot of shrimps...
More boats passing by...
Pulled...by a boat...i wonder if they call this rafting...?
After the shrimp trap checking, we headed up to the camp...
Muddy...but interesting, it must have been fun, living here 500 years ago...
More ppl, most probably from taipei I was told...
The hosts prepared some food...
No one saw us from here...Its prettyy cool to be in the jungle of taiwan...
The taipei people were very noisy...
The guide spoke chinese...
We got some bambo mugs...
More noisy boats pulled down the river...
By some fast motor boat...
We also got some flower juice of some kind...
The instructor told us about how the aboriginals use to do...
I later got to keep my mug, finding out after some month that it was a worm in it...eating it up from inside...
Some fresh water fish...
So professional, river tracing shoes...these guys had the right equipment alright...
Then they showed us how to catch fish the old style...
It didnt seem that hard...
But no fish in the net...
More boats comming...this is surela a big business...
Our group were more for aboriginal culture...theirs were just "going down the river"...
Many people...
Once in a while people fell down...
These guys were more combat with helmets...they were heading further down than others...in the future it will be possible to go all the way down to the ocean...they told us...
Now we coulod try to catch fish...
Another poor guy falling from the boat...
City people...
Back on our boat...
Omg, the river speeds up...
We also tried to just go with the stream...
floating by ourselves...it was fun...
especially since we were paddling, the other boats that were pulled passed by, over and over...
I just tried not to get un burned...
Yingxiao...
Some animals along the river side...
More bumby road...
Some animal again...
This was the end...
It was the same village I passed when I drove scooter aroung taiwan...i visited an aboriginal museum here...
Most boats stopped here...
Then the boats and visitors drive back to the start...and new visitors comes...
Some aboriginals helping us out...
This guy was funny...
Amis...the chinese name of their sub tribe Amei...the japanese people forced them to wear special colours of their clothes...long time ago, to separate them from the south people...
More city people who were pulled down the river...
It was a fun ride...
But I want to go all the way down to the ocean...
So many boats...every day...this is an intersting place...however, taiwan has more people than scandinavia...so i guess its not that many visitors, from a national point of view...
Everyone has to stop here...
Some organisor telling the city ppl what to do...
Qimei, is the name of the tribe in this village...
We later on took a shower...
Omg, leaking... 
My shoes and sox were wet, but in 30+ deg, they will dry pretty fast... 
Here is the museum I visited before
Binlang trees...
At the museum we had lunch...
Some nice food...
Not sure...but i guess its aboriginal food...
but it was pretty similar to normal food...atleast most of it...
But this was not...
This i tried some time before...
We also revisited the museum with a guide...
This guy is from mainland china...but studies in singapore...
This guide is aboriginal...
Somedecorations...
This is an instrument...
And some  necklaces...
The black one belongs to a shaman...they dont have a shaman here anymore...but north of hualian there lives one...
This is some other tool...
And some clothes...
And the codex of how to wear clothes...
Depeding on age...they have differnt dresses...
They are mostly very colourful...
And also some traditions...
These guys are also on the pics...
It seems to be a small society after all...
This guy is also in the tribe...
This girl is some admin, she collects money...
This pic I like...i think i took a pic of it last time i was here too...
On the way back, we could se the river again...I remembered that i went here by scooter before...
A bumby ride...
And alot of landslides...
Some cool antenna...I wonder hoe they put it up there...maybe by helicopter...
Another slowdriving tourist bus...
And the reef vally between Hualian and Taidong...
I like this place of taiwan...pretty isolated and peaceful...
And untouched, taiwanese people prefer city life...and convenience...
Kater at ruishui I found a giant store...nice...
The ticket system is in chinese...
I treid to find out how far the waterfall is, in Yuli, that I want to visit so much...or luoshan waterfall found at http://taiwanswaterfalls.com
The trainstation of Ruishui, they dont have any electrical trains here..from hualian they only go by diesel i think...but they are currently building a new railway to change that...
Nice view of the valley...
Not far on the other side is the ocean...maybe I will buy land there in the future...
I later passed by some local ice cream store in hualian...
Tomato or something and chocolate...not important, i just to supposrt local production...
It was close to the trainstation...
I also went for a walk, trying to find a burger bar...but without result...
Back on the train I saw the road up to taroko gorge and also the place where my counsin johan lives...
Its a very peaceful place, he told me that I could live there from some days if i want, and I might do it...its fun with new perspectives of life...
I also bgouth a beer, for the train...i like going by train...
And some peanutbutter M&M´s...the day is saved...

A visit to Hualian

I paid a visit to hualian ths saturday...
Early morgning train leaving 06.30...thats usually the time, to make it to the east coast in time...
Equiped with pants and shoes...
The trainstation in Hualian was full of information about things to do...its a tourist place...even if i seldom come here...
My double cousin Johan picked me up...its the first time I meet him here in taiwan, even if both of us leved here for a long time...
It was nice, we were heading to a Buddhist hospital...
IIt was the largets hospital in Hualian, sponsired by Tzu Chi Foundation...a super big foundation world wide...
They even had an intersting information section, like a museum about the foundations history...
A cool piggy bank...
They explained how they worked and their porpose...this are shoes that they sell...
They have alot of volunteers...
It was a problem, that money was such a critical factor to get medical treatment, but the foundation managed to get sponsorship by super many volunteers...here are pictures written by members who couldn not write, wo describe their names, or theor profession etc...super cute...
here is a sponosret house built in iran...with the same cooling system I had as a business idea in the hult cometition some year ago in shanghai, its a traditional technology, that is kind of rare nowadyas since many plp want AC instead...but by far more reliable...
Here is an earthquake room...a soft floor is used to simlulate an earthquake...
They had many volunteers, thats one of their strenght...
This is a modelof earthquake proof houses that they built in the south of taiwan...
And here are actovities in china...its the first organsiation that was accepted by the chiense government....
Recycling efforts in taiwan...
Recycling reults in taiwan, T-shirts made of PET bottles...
And some buddhe picutre, reminded me of a pic I saw north of Kaohsiung at the big buddha statue...
Omg, swedish activites...they have some representation in gothenburg...
This is a method that is not erthquake proof...
Tha this is an earthquake proof construction...
We continued to the hospital entrance...after the guided tour in the musem area...
Some jesus look alike painting...
Looks like anormal hospital...
Even if it was Tzu chi...
Hualien by bus...
Next stop the monastery north of hualian...
The dorm...
Johan himself...we found a lizzard on the path...
And the main building...
This was the oldest house...
We also passed through the garden...
So many plants...this munk seems to be an expert...they have ecological:ish methods...
And many kinds of vegetables...
I was offered to work here for some days, it sounds tempting...
The toilet...super intersting construction...usable in many ways...I wish we knew this on last years housing competition in Hults business school...
Many people lived here ...more than 100...
It started with this small house...
And then it grew...they had some models showing the history...
And other peices...
Johan has some nice bracelet...
It had a buddhist message on it...
Here is the research department, instand rice was invented here...pretty cool...
We continued to the shop...many books with the message of the master munk...
But i wanted to buy the instant rice...just add cold or hot water...and its done...
I said "xiexie" when I left the store...but Johan corrected me, teaching me "Gan en"...its a more polite way to say thanks...
More parts of the monestary...japanese influenced?
Even if they had many floors, it was energy efficient.with wood and deep light corridors, to minimize the need for lights...
And tha main hall...looks a little liks christ on the statue...
East pillow had a speaker near it, so that everyone could hear...
No AC; but many fans...just like i like it...energy efficient...
Later we went to eat in their dining hall...
The food was prepared by the munks...we did the dishes ourselves...I could take picture of anything, except the master munk...
I thought about what I shoud give my second cousin, since he invited me here...but I realized that it would be better to donate money to the foundation, so that it did good...
I had to fill in a form, and got a receipt for my donation...
We coninuted to the cafeteria...mostly in wooden interior design...
And some cool bonzai tree...
Peanut cookie...typical taiwanese...
And some TV show, created by the foundation, about intersting situations that happend in life...
A big bell...
Many ants...some vision the master munk had about her standing at mount everest...many supporters participated in creating this sculpture...
We continued to the garden...
Johan had to continue to work...
It was relaxing here...
Just th ekind of garden I wanted to have at home in sweden...
I was taught that one difference between a buddhist place and taoism, or any others...is that the buddhist place doesnt have dragons...for instance...
The mountains or hualian...
Many people were walking around in guided tours here...
We took the shuttle bus donwtown after the monastary visit...
The roads of hualian...
They had some ceremony at the hospital...
Buddhist Tzu-chi volunteers...
We coninuted to a local burger bar, but it was closed...
So was the toursit place...
And the beer bar...even if they was said to be open 13-01...hmm...
Yilan beer bar, in Hualian...
At the trainstaion many aboriginals were dancing and singing...pretty good...i liked their songs...
They had pretty dresses...
Probably the Amis tribe...the most friendly among the aboriginal tribes, they told me...
And some leader...
And girls...
I also went to have some local ice cream...
White and milk chocolate...
Homemade ice cream...i forget to ask how they transport the icecream to ths store...or if they live in the store...
More dancing...
This is how you decide if you are an adult in taiwan...my lenght...
Discrimination...no waiting zone for male...at night...
Ruisui was the next detination...
Omg such a big waterfall...it was listed on taiwanwaterfalls.com as one of the highest...but its some 35:ish km south of ruisui...
It was dark by now...
Not to many trains stops here...the trains going here on the east coast are driven by diesel...since they dont have and electrical wire on the rail...south of hualian or something...
The trainstation itself looked alot like ths one in fulong...
First stop a food place...since the dinner resturants in hualien were closed...
This was nice...fried something...
And meat...
And my choice...sweet and sour sauce...
Aborignal pattern in the resturant...
This was the dinner resturant...
Heineken adds. I wonder if heineken pays for this...
Also a stop was paid at the local tea bar...
The day ended with passion fruit juice...
 

Mudrun

I went to a mud run yesterday...and some beer bars...
The race was in the middle of taiwan...so we took the bus from taipei main station...
Many people were there...
We got some free things...like a scarf...it reminded me of the scarf I got from ABB when I did a company visit there some years ago...not sure about this one..the difference between "scarf" and "scarf" and how the first "scarf" was designed...
My friend recommended Catch 22, its s good reflection about some cultures, like the taiwanese one, once in a while...
Many people were sleeping on the bus...but we had a nice chat...
Well at the race area we had to walk to some hill...
Some international company "merrell" were you hosting...
We had some tattoos that we needed to paste...i had some problems with mine...
Oskar was prepared for the mudrun...
I made some "ones" by myself...
It was interesting, they had some numbers "0-800" "800-1200" etc, but only for decoration...people were sorted by distance in the race...
Oskar had a lunch voucher, i did not get one...but they said I could take the food anyway...
Nice view of the city...
And many freebees...
No trash cans...
People were getting new tattoos...as well...
It was a big city...
And some common warm up...
Just like Goteborgsvarvet in Gothenburg...
And many hills around the city...
Now the race was starting...
After some hour it was over...covered in mud...
More freebees...
It was hard to get clean...but we felt clean enought to pay a visit to the city...
Just had to finish the lunch box, consisting of some interesting bread...
Oskar was streching...
Here in the mud, people were suppose to clean themselves up after the race...
We asked some random people for a burgerbar...
And headed downtown...oskar fell asleep...
Or almost...
Omg, a flajjraven bag...mopre and more people are using these nowadays...
In this city in the middle of taiwan, one can use the bus card from any other city in taiwan, thats pretty conveinient...
We were recommended this burger bar..
Atleast it was central...
And famous...Oskar was not impressed...
The menu was all in chinese...
I met a friend who was christian, so interesting...
I ordered the biggest burger they had...
It 4 meat patties...
Oskar had some pineapple burger...
But the meat patties were kind of crappy, we both agreed upon...
Next stop a beer bar...
Omg, a hocker house...
This was the beer bar of the day..."Deluxe brewhouse"...
It looked the same sine I was here last time...
They "amerian eagle" logo...
I started with a weissbeer...
They charged us 250nt, ans claimed it was "salsa night"...so we had to pay extra...so useless, the onkly difference from other nights was that they had salsa music in the background...
And that some local people were dresseup up...
Some guy looked like Ironman...
And some people were dancing...
I had some barley beer later on...
 And got some chichen nuggets...
 Oskar was headingfor a girl looking lake laura croft...
 Hmm...slowly approaching...
 And makeing contact...
They seemed nice...
 Even the guy at the cachier was ok, but he told us different things than the waitress about the price...travelling in asia for some years u know all their tricks...
Anyway, I refused to accept anything else than the offer they first told me...
 I also passed by Mcdonalds for a Mcflurry...after the beer bar...
Taixhong train station...
Late night in Taizhong...heading back to taipei...

Hash run in Fulong

I went to fulong today...
I took the train...passed by a 7-11 where i met a local who dont know what lining up means...she just sneaked ahead so interesting...
THe ticket machines at the trainstation only took coins...
"extra cool tshirts"...maybe I need those...
Oskar was prepared, for the "freedom hash run", since it was USA´s national day some days ago..this hash run was a Freedom run", oskar was thus wearing swedish cloloures shirt and brittish sox, to show the americans that history comes from europe...
He also studies chinese...
And played some saxophone...
Finally at fulong...
Sunny day...
Many people met up at the meeting point...
It was a temple near the beach...
Signing up...it cost 200nt...
Many foreigners....
Oskar was preparing the run...
Many old men were also there...
This is Anders from Sweden...he use to come here once in a while...
The beer truck arrived...
And the people creating the track left...
And then we took of...some girls started earlier as well...
Oskar told me to run slow in the beginning, and faser in the end...
We went in the forest...on pathes many times ppl were lost trying to find the right path...
On mudd etc..
And some creek...
And a river....
And on a wall...
Finally after some hour, I saw this sign, i was told that this was the end...think it was about 10km...
Then it was beer time...
Many people discussing the day...
And they played some american songs...
I had some snacks,,, they were good...
Some dogs were also playing in the area...
More drinking and mingeling...
And more snacks...
And then people were heading to the beach...
Oskar thought the americans were interesting...with their mindset...
Clouds in the horizon...
Some were talking about a ceremony...
But most ppl were heading to the water...
Firsti didnt want to swim...
But everyone else went there...
Even oskar...so i joined to...
The rain never reached us...
It was a nice evening...
They had somestage on th other side of the beach, for next weeks beach party here...
More music...
And beer...
And american flag...
They were interesting...
And some ceremony...
With firecrackers...
For freedom...they said...
Omg, someone hadaFjällrävenbag...
Oskar was mingeling...
A guy Chris joined us back to taipei, he has only beenintaiwan for 4 month, and works as an english teacher in Miaoli...
We later on headed to 1885 burger...oskars favorite place...
Nicewith koppargerbs cider...
Oskar showed me his favorite...
It was nice...
But the frenchfrieswere fake...
Not totallyfulll...thats a minus...
Tomorrow is monday...hao3

quarter ironman

I did an quarter ironman yesterday...it was ok, i burned my skin...on my right hand, i missed a spot when putting sunblock all over my body, several layers...
I took it rather easy...might have been the last one up from my starting group after the swimming part...
We swam in a river...
Slow Johan, enjoying the stream...
but I catched up on bike and by foot...as usual...
No running in the transit area...
It was warm..and sunny, I drank 2 liters of beer the night before...so i had plenty of carbs in my body...
After some 3 hours...I finished...
I also passed by a steak house/burger bar...it was ok, they said they had a "big burger"
however, the big part with it was the bread..the meat was like a BK whopper size. (Cowboy station)

I also lost my camera...somewhere...hmm...
But managed to take this pic, I was treated some snails ata local resturant in taipei...

I ended the day with some beers, with my friend Joel...he just fixed so that Pripps Blå, a famous swedish beer will be sold in 7-11 this summer...what a man...here he got 1000nt from me...
 
Last years swedish beer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=romxzHyGufQ

Beer safari in Taizhong

Taiwan has many cities...today im visiting Taizhong...almost 3 million people live there...even if its just 150-200km from taipei, the cutlre is totaly different regarding consumer behaviour...I also think the maffia is stronger here...

From taipei I took train...and found a paper plane compeitoin at Taipei main station...

I also had some korean food there...

Before taking of...to Taizhong...

In taipei main station they sell alot of tourist things...as well as alot of snacks from all over taiwan and near by countries like japan and korea...

It took some hour by train to get to taizhong...

From the train station it is about 3-4km to the first beer bar (walking distance)...however bus number 5 takes you there too...

I got some traffic card that I could use in the bus...

The first visit was paid at Deluxe Brewhouse...

It was pretty big and reminder me of Beerworks in Jhubei...

They had 3 different kinds of beer plus many flavours...and some 50% off, on the second glass offer...

Weissbeer, pilsner and some dark draft...

They had service charge, and as usual, when they have service charge the service is a little worse...

They also used the german theme....with many flags...

Second round was Weissbeer vs Strawberry beer

They have some factory in Tucheng, taipei it said, but i saw alot of brewing equipment in the resturant too...

They even had their own toothpick paper...

Pretty big...

And coffee grains in the toilet...i guess for people to smoke here, even if it is illegal...maybe a requirement from the maffia...

Many couches were blue and white...like the colours of Gothenburgs football team IFK Göteborg...

The trip continued2km north east...to the next destination...

We passed many resturants (famous ones)...it was about 2km to the next brewery...

Wow, this pace if famous from Lonely planet...(A random resturant in taizhong downtown)...

Interesting architecture...the elevators are seen as two lights going up and down on the dark wall of the building...

Omg, I use to have a friend in the swedish marines called Bellini...maybe his family owns this pasta place...

Here is the next place...(a little dark)...

Their toilet door was fun...you locked it in an old fashined way...

They had 4 kind beer, and since they ahd anniversary, 500ml beer were only 100nt...

else this are the original prices...

They had many pictures from germany as well...

And just as the other place, this showed baseball...

We got the beer in plastic glasses...the green on is some algea beer...

these are  dark beer, weissbeer, and the one in the middle is just a mix of the dark and light one...(so in theory they had 3 kinds of beer)

This was the name...

I bought a pizza...the other place "deluxe" also offered hamburger...but i didnt try it...

The green one left...

I took it with me for the third brewery...

Taizhong nights...

RuiDeBao...is the third place name...

A little bit smaller that the two first....

Also with german inspiration...

And some instruction about how they brew...just like the Barshi place in Beitou has...

Omg, they serve "dolphin" or something...or many just a wierd translation...

They had 2 types of beer here...one weisbeer and one with more hops...

The dark one tasted like the beer i make...thus a very standard flavour...

All places i visited offers the plastic cylinger tap...

It is easier when you are many people...to buy that one...
Reichburg is the name of this resturant...

German sausages....and sauer kraut...

And some kebab without kebab sauce...

Seems like they got some award...

I also got a voucher...on which I could collect stamps...
The last train back to taipei leaves around 21...the last High speed rail train as 23 something...
And the last busleaves at 23.30 and 23.40...
So bus was the best choice...
The bus leaves nearby the Taizhong train station...
A maffia guy or something...he let me take a picture of his face...he had tatoes all over it...
The bus had toilets...so i could save a beer for that...no need to waste it...
Omg..."Please dont hand on your leg"..."dont sit for children below 145 cm"...its always interesting to travel in taiwan...i wonder what they really mean....
Taipei was raining...super slippery with my flipflops...since the pavements have very slippery stones...and my flipflops is made of a weird material...

In taidong

The following night was spent at Johnnys house...in taidong...

He had Ikea things in the room...

And he insisted of driving the car...omg...

And we went downtown...to some stores...

And played at an arcade...

The games ended pretty soon...

This fighting game was fun...

Wow...a famous place...it must b good...(tai logic)...

A tree house in central taidong...

And some art...

This house is super central...I was told that the restaurant is not that good...

"An introduction to logic..."

Nice interior design in the house...

This is interesting, the closest Mcdonalds is to the right, but they promote a more remote one...for some reason...

We also headed a bit up on the hill that we skipped last time...

Just some temples...

And old people playing karaoke...

We continued to eat lunch...and parked tha car near this nice house...

Sams burger, the resturant thats open in theory 11-22 but in reality at lunch, and after 17-18...

Some blackboard paintings...

"sams f**kin hungry now"...seems bug...i will have that...

It was pretty big..

Later on we went to johnnys again and ate some local fruit...(the one i bought last time)...

Its a very local fruit...

There after we went to a hot spring...

We could cook our eggs there...

It was not that big...and not that structures in the sense of temperatures...(200nt)...

Rain was approaching, so the trip continued north...

A police controling the traffic lights...

Omg, a bike kit at 7-11 so professional...

Road 9 seems nicer thatn road 11 on the east coast...both has plenty of 7-11 stores...

I saw some fireworks later on that night...

Ath this elementary school, where I slept...

They had english translations of almost everything there...

In guanxi they hace a famous bike way...

Omg, road 20, I was very close to climg jiaming moutain, to go to jiaming lake...but ppl said it might be hard, due to the weather...(i planned to do it over the day, since I know some people who has done that)...

It goes cross the island, to road 3 where I went yesterday...

I went a while on road 20...and passed a Bunun museum...to bad that it was closed...

I wanna learn more about aboriginal culture...

This is as far as it gets...almost...

There were many statues like this, here at the road 9 valley...

A sign saying that the raod is closed after some 500k or something...

These "hand in hand" paintingis are very common in taiwan, it seems to be a symbol of aboriginals (as well as the diamond shaped pattern)...

Here goes road 20, I hope to be back soon, and climb some moutains here...

Most roads in the mountains follows a river...

Some aboriginal photos...

More paintings...

Bad weather...

I had breakfast in Yuli...some toast...

And "brownish" milk...

It was said to be 100%...

Omg...seeing this at home, one would think it was something bad...here in asia this (most often inverted) symbol has a positive meaning...

A new railroad is beeing built...

Omg..."warning for birds" thats rare...I never seen that at home...

I also passed by a coffee plantage...

A japanese guy cane here some centory ago and made these plantages...

They had many products...

And equipment...

ALot of coffee trees...

Like this one...

With the red coffee bean...we were told that we could eat them (the visitors were guided)...

Hmm...I brought some beans home...to plant...

Some beans were brown and dry...

They also had facilities to camp...

We also got some tea and coffe wjhile there...

They had many products...

The coffee I liked...

I bought this...it was pretty expensive 1000nt for a small package...they had one for 600nt, with another bean....but i prefer arabica...and i like to support locally produced items...

Omg, the tropical of cancer...

They had many sites to visit on the east reef valley...

And the road I wanted to go on...

Next stop was Ruishui milk farm...

SImilar to the one I visited when I did my ironman in taidong 2 years ago...but this was bigger, since they sell their milk at 7-11...

I bought some pudding, ice cream and milk...

Local produced they said...but they only had 300 cows here, I doubt that this is their only faciility, since they are selling their milk at the 6000 7-11 that exists in taiwan...

They also had ostrich...

And a few cows for visitors to feed...

Many kids were here...

"land of milk, tea and ot springs"...

And places to camp...

Nice houst...looks empty but the roof is the same as home...

Aboriginal pattern...

I was taking road 193 to an aboriginal museum that was open (i was told)...

This place...

Cool pattern...

It was the Amis tribe...

I want to know more about the smaller tribes...Amis and Paiwan seems so big...

They had colourful clothes...

And nice necklace...

And totam pole...

The eat rift vally, super nice...

Sttep hills...

A meeting point for aboriginals...

Next stop was a real lake near hualien...

I seen pictures of this lake on internet but I did know it was here...

I was told it was famous, but hard to get to , sincethe east coast is kind of isolated...

Liyu lake...

Many people were renting out swan boats...

They also had some wetlands...

Some people were also fishing...

And some hotels...ofcourse...

In hualien I went to an "allyoucaneat" buffet at pizza hut...

It was lantern festival as well so there were alot of lights...

In Jiaoxi, I went to my favorite yilan beer bar...they also have a free piblic hotspring...

Yilan beer...

And the dance floor...where old people dance...

once barley and one wheat beer...
More people at the hotspring...they sit and dip ther feet into the water...
Later road 9 was taken towards taipei...it was nice, a view of yilan by night...

in pingdong

I went for a hike around taiwan this week (the light version)...
Starting from Taipei and heading south on the moutian roads...

"tai 3 xian"...(road number 3...

nice fontain at a gas station...

Continuing on road 7 towards yilans mountain...

Strange roundabout with traffic lights...isnt roundabouts a substitute for traffic lights...?

Nice view...I see a lake down there some where...must be tha dame near fuxing...

Mountains showing up...civered with clouds...

Pink bridges...it feels like the alps once in a while...

Buddhist flags...

Another dame...

A dry river...

Road 7 (main road)...many of these roads brake pretty easy...

There are houses far way there...its always so impressive that people lives here in the middle of nowhere...

Smoke on the moutain...maybe a hidden hotspring...

Aboriginal pattern...I find these "diamond shapes" all over the country...

"yilan", I went here with my classmates last year heading to Xueshan (second higest mountain in taiwan)...

The atmosphere here is almost like in sweden...

But the roads are more narrow (and taiwanese moutinas are one of the steepest in the world I was told)...

Cherry blossom (the red flowers)...

Raining (near yilan, as usual)...

An old train...

Locomotive...I like...

Near Tuchang...

Its a pity...its 25 km to the trail start...sun is setting and then waits another 10km to the biggest mountina lae in taiwan...(no camping allowed)...I have to do it another time...

The trip continues south up hills...

A place where the bus to Lishan us to stop (that has no conveinient stores)...but some restaurant and local stores with paintings on how houses use to look like in taiwan...

There are many things to do in yilan county...

I got beef noodles...

Its chinese new year, so many people (rather: all of them)...have vacation, and are taking trips...many buses heading to the mountains...

I was recommended to go to Lishan, in the mountains by the head of chamber of commerce...its like scandinavian atmosphere...I guess its on of the higest villages in taiwan...

Why do they have a weight in the store entrance?

I was looking for an elemantary school, since there u can camp without problem...(people say)...

I there after went to get some food in lishan...many people ate at the "Only place open"...

Some meat screwers...

They also had ginger tea at some other place...

It was maybe 10-15 degrees outside...

The elemantary school was pretty new....even the toilet was barely used...

Next day the weather was nice...

I love pretty chirches in mountain areas...taiwan has some, since the aboriginals are mostly christians...

And many europeans went here (also some ppl from korea etc) to spread the bible message...

Wow...maybe its nanhu mountain...

And there is Hehuanshan, some where...a moutain i climed some years ago...

Nice stairs...I wanna have a house here...in these pitoresque lishan blocks...

On of the only stores open in the morning to sell breakfast...

The guy here, seems to own most big places in lishan, he has a wool sweater...

The higest gamler store in taiwan can be found here...

Omg, a new character...(the one to the left)...means palm tree I was told...

Another nice church...

Xueshan ridge...

Steep moutains roads...leading west...

The weather is often sunny in the morning up here...

I want to see Dabajian shan, a cool mountain in Hsinchu county...but I cannot see it...

Here is hehuanshan, its where im currently am heading...

There are many police stations up here...

Wow, nice cabin, I wonder how much it costs to buy that one...

Road 8 meets up road 7 after a while...

Passing a tunnel on the highest road in taiwan...

The "dark moutain"...

Road 14 meets up road 8...leading east to hualien or west to nantou...(on of the few moutain roads that are crossing taiwan (think there are 2-3 thats not broken)...

I camped at this parkin lot 2 years ago with NCTUs moutains climbing club...

Now Im heading to hehuan shan...

No trees grows there...im at 3000m above sea level now...

Many tai ppl are coming here during vacation to see the view...since cars can drive up here...

The traffic is chaotic...

The top of hehuanshan (centra peak)...3416meters high...

There is my favorite moutain...the pyramid moutains...no snow on any top...there are truly many rumors here...I was told there was alot of snow up here this week...

And xueshan...

And Hsinchu county...

I went on this road up...many houses and hotels up here...

The road continues west...

Nice moutain house...

The houses here looks like home...no "container architecture" like in the taiwanese cities...

Wow...Absolute vodka was found...in the the closest 7-11...

Many people came here...thay had a lady with a mic at the entrance...

And the micro waves at a separate corner of the store...

People say this area is famous due to a sheep farm...(think i visited that 2 yearsa ago when I swam cross sunmoonlake)...

The highest 7-11 in taiwan...

9 people working here...is that efficient...?

7 behind the desk, the lady with the mic and the guy at the oven...

More nice houses (pic was taken while making speed)...

Another nice house...

Cherry blossom...

I wonder why taipei dont have these nice houses (atleast I cant find them)...

the "sheep farm"...very toursitic...

Many cars here...

And maybe 10-20km of queue uphill...

the queues never ended...25million people with vacation at the same time...

But the air was fresh...

I been here 2-3 times before...its nice...

More non taiwanese roofs...

A nice yellow house...

A nice church top...

More houses...

Another church...

And more churches...

More traffic...


Hours of queuing up hill...

A seediq aboriginal resturant...sweet...

And Bitan, my favrite lake...

seen it many times before...but its hard to get to...

I was told its a dame thats not "real"...

Well...I wanna see it closer...

After 10-20 mintues(to the other side of the dame)...I reached the bank...

Some boats, and float bridges...no people...

They could have nice swimming competitions here...

The churches and houses I just passed are up on the hill...

More cherry blossom...

Its fun, these yellom reflectors on thecrash barriers...makes vecicles sound funny...the sound reflects differently...

Now heading to next lake...to road 151...how do I find that one?...

Funny jacket...with the "7-11" logo on it...I will look like a staff if i wear that in a store...

Have to pass sunmoonlake to get to road 151...andmore traffic...

Taiwanese hollidays...

Some people now wearing helmet (its like beeing on the east coast or south of taiwan, where helmet is more a recommendation or decoration)...
And a "fjällräven" bag...they are getting more popular here...
Road 21 to sun moon lake...road 21 crosses the island from middle to south...

The cars were still...
Wow, sun moon lake...

A police man trying to arrange the traffic...
FUnny bulding, is that typhoon proof?so high and thin...

Very touristic here as well...

Nice bike path going around the lake...


A ridge that separates the lake from the farms to the right (the lake was created when japanese people occupied taiwan)...

A marathon will go around the lake soon...

"666"



It was less traffic on the south part of the lake...

Taking road 131 up to some mountain village...

More traffic...

Changing to raod 151...towards an old "forrest park":..

never ending... queues...


Here...some 1000-2000 meter up some one had an arcade...

15 degrees...its warm for being home...

An "all you can eat" meal was waiting, only 300nt (70SEK)
 
        The food was soso.

People drive car up here...and take a walk between the houses to  say they been on a hike...


I was heading to a lake that was created by an earthquake...but I prefered to hike near the lights...

And no vehicles allowed near the path, so I had to walk 2km, or wait for a but that leaves in 1 hour...

Locals tolb me it would take 6-7hours to walk there...(to the lake)...

They had ceom nice flowers in the area...


The path was pretty small and steep...

I had to climb ladders some times...

It was very bad infromation, only in chinese some times...and some ribbons of different colours leading to different places...

Nice shape of the mountain...

Hmm, where to go...I got the characted of the destimation...both ways are leading to the destination...

I pickes a steep path, hoping it will be faster...I had to be back at the hotel area before it gets dark...

Nice view...

Omg, a rest place on the top of a mountain...

But chinese information, and to ways to go...hmm, I walked back and forth, trygin to figure out whree to go...

I picked the road to the left...it seemed like more people walked this way...

I also meet some random people who said it was this way (i hope they are right)...

Yep, more ribbons...

Nice forrest, I felt like home for a while...

Omg, the path just ended...where to go...

its a small path heading into the high grass...but barely anyone walked there before...

Hmm...after 10 minutes looking, I found a had written sigh, saying "walk left"...

Omg, a house in the middle of nowhere, who carried these stones here (maybe 2-3 hours walk for normal people, in steep terrain)...

And later on I found another house...

It turned out that the first house was a temple...and this was a hosue for workers, in the area, long time ago...

It seemd pretty nice...

The path became better after a while, I turned out that when the "other" road met up wuth my "fast and steep" path, it was easier to walk...

And some roads were closed...

Not sure where to go...I take right...

Steep hills...

More signs...hmm copnfusing...I sked everyone I met (3-4 people If i was on the right path)...I hope they were right...

Wow...after 3 hours i came to the lake...good, then I have plenty of time, to contines to destination number 2...a cave...

Many people camped at the lake...

Some foreingers....I asked how to walk to the cave...and they gave me directions...

This was a normal forrest 10 years ago...(something)...then suddenly the earthquake created this lake...

I had to walk alon the lake to get to the cave...

And I met more foreinger who were heading to the same direction, they camped at the lake for some days...(all american english teachers, as it seemed)...

The lake was big...

And here the lake goes down, a small creek...I would have been disapointed if it was a stone blocking the creek, but it seem like the earth was pushed up...

A flying lantern had landed on a tree in the middle of nowhere...thats cool...

The path was leading to a dry river...

I had to walk on stones for a while...

I was on the right way (i recognized these character)...

The cave...not as impresive as the lake...

A sign that it was the thousan people cave...

Some people campes here before...

And potts gathered dripping water...

It would be nice to stay here...or continue on the path (That accutlaly leads to alishan)...

11.09, it took me about 4 hours from the hotel area to the cave...

I headed back, n time to waste...seeing nice shaped cliffs on my way back...

After another hours I came back to the lake...

A guy called Tyler said I could use his water filter to refill my water bottle...

Many old taiwanese people were at the camp...

And an american who ben to taiwan only for 2 weeks...and will study chinese for a year while teaching english...

Johan, high on caffein, convinced he can do any hike in taiwan in less than 6-8 hours...

Omg, a Mcdonalds "M" on the ground...can u find it?


I carried my friend luggage back to the hotel area...and we picked an easier way (but longer) back...

Strange sign...the information was facing the forrest, not tha path...

It was showing the distance (finally), so far, no distance was displayed...

But stupid enough itwas not readable for people walking on the path...

Starnge...

The new path was steep in the begining...

But later it was very easy...(2050 meter high)...

Some old map...

This I could run...no wonder so many kids come here...

More chinese maps...

And a hut, for slow hikers...(or who just enjoy spending their time in the rural area)...

And some old, shit house...

I met a guy from Changhua with orange beard...wierd...

A nice water fall...but it was dry...

Wow...here tha cars can drive up....for lazy walkers...

pretty fresh...mabye the people i passed by on my woy down took the car...

It started to rain when I arrived to the hotel area (a little)...

cloudy skies...

And back to the forrest park...


Dinner was eaten at a "famous" place near nantou...chicken place...

It was ok...

They had the soap in a web, that was clever...the it wont be dropped....

Later a visit to exther was made...she is nice...
       She has many white vehicles at her house...

We ate breakfast at a shark place...

I had a strawberry pancake thing...

With coffee...

Heading south from nantou on road 3...passing many hills...and binlang trees...

They never seemed to end...

Road 3, the same I started on, in taipei...

Nice view...

A car was delvering binlang or something...

MIssing kids were announced at a local gas station...

Omg...up here, its rare with gas stations...

Another moutain lake...

Raod 20...its broken...else I would take it, it leads to the east coast...and a place I wanna hike...instead I was heading south, almost to the very south of taiwan to be able to cross the island...

This lady in pingdong was amazing, she acctually knew were to find "allyoucan eat" resturants...and she also knew how to go there...

Omg,,,199nt for all you can eat meat, (50SEK)...

I got it for 170NT...even cheaper at a branch resturant of the first place i found, since it was full, southern taiwan is always so cheap...

There are many aboriginals here in the south (as well as well as at the east coast)...

It was a BBQ meat all you can eat...

My swedish friend told me he planned to open a laundry store in taipei some day, but didnt...now one can find there laundry stores anywhere...

Omg, a character so hard that they had to type the "bopomofo" to the right of it...i like hard characters...

Here in the very south (road 3 and 1 and 17) one can find gas stations every 400-500meters...i wonder why...

A cool guy at a gas staion...

Later, in taidong I was to meet up a friend at Unle Petes pizza...a foreinger who has a pizzeria at road 11...
 
 
 
Heading South.visited Montains and lakes and went to Nantou last night. might go to taidong tomorrow.
 
 

Last day in Taidong for this time...

Last day in taidong for this time...

Time to go for a ride with a bike...

Since i was the same weight as my two friends togetter, they had the bike with the best carrier...

We were suppose to cycle along this route. taking us around taidong along the old railway...

It was all restored as a bike path...a very nice one...

With blockades that only small bikes and wheelchairs could pass by...

Sometimes it was asfalt and wooden boards...

Malan station...now there are nice houses here...I wanna buy a house here...seems like the swedish "österlen"...

With art everywhere...and some aboriginal stories...

Many old fary tales...

There is the taidong theater...

And some more art...

And flower garden...

Now we are more in the city...

So we stopped at thie breakfast place...

Nice cats...

Jolly roger...I wish I had a shirt like that...

I had a "burger"...ha, u under know what u get...

And green milk tea...

Breakfast over...lets continue...

Many sites on the way (all in chinese)...

Some alligator reminding me of a cafe in ximen/taipei...

This hill in the middle is in taidong city...I have to climb that next time i come here...

Here is the hill IRL...

The old taidong station...

The japanese built some bunkers here...I went here last time i visited taidong as well...

Bojun was carrying his brother...

But it was ok...even after some hours cycling...

This is as central as u can come in taidong i think...

An old locomotive...to bad they dont have that still... (like in alishan)...

"Taiwanse most beautiful bike path"...omg, thecompetition is high, in hsinchu they say the same about "the most beautifl coastline" which also had a bike path...

When i arrived to Taidong yesterday they didnt say "taidong station", it was only in text, they said something else, no wonder, since that is the "new station"...and this is the old one...

Omg, after cycling around taidong university again, I found a rotary place...

Omg, "tai4", three "da1" chachters in one, so rare they must use bopomofo to tell people...I same another time in taipei main station they also chosed a rare character..."𡘙"...
Source: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%89%E5%8F%A0%E5%AD%97

On road 11, where I cycled last year, I found a pizzeria, i think a foreingers owns this one...but it was closed...

It was really sunny today...

Only bikes...omg, thats rare in taiwan...I like it...
"hualien" East coast" "East rift valley"...all very special places...

A big temple at the mountains, i will visit that next time...

I realized that this is the road where I ran my marathon last time, in taidong...9 times back and forth...

Seeing the mountains in the horizon...

This place looks like Nantou, an other city in taiwan...I also had feeling of Yilan, at some other places...

It was narrow when cars passed by...

And risky, since we might end up in the rice field...

Back at Bojuns house I saw many post office sculptures..both his parents works there...

We check on internet to see if there were any burgerbars open (or any burgerbars at all in taidong)...

Sams burger said it was open, what a disapointment, they dint open until 17, the 11-22 was only decoration :S

We went by a pizzeria...that seemed to be closed as well...

And Gary Bee was also closed...

Hmm...being hungry in taidong is not good if u want burgers, after 2pm...

We went to a taiwanese restaurant...
I and lamb and some Sen miguel...

They promoted Budweiser as everywhere else here in taidong...

We also got some additional dishes...

The chelsea brunch place looks international...

We ended the day by visiting RT-mart...so interesting...

Taidong has an RT-mart...

Before leaving we tried some Aladdin...peak of happines and peak of melancholy at the same time...

I also bought some fruit that taidong is famous for...

neutral and pineapple flavour...

and also managed to find many tourist spots, before leaving...more reasons to return...

gers, paragliding...

Second highest lake in taiwan...snowy mountains...

I might go there next week...

Many scenic sights near the coast too...
Baibai taidong...
Back in taipei...same country, but here the police carried asault rifle, and they actuallt stop vehicles to check licenes. ofceourse they do it on the same place, so that the maffia dont need to go there, and no disturbance apears, same same but different...Taidong-Taipei 2-0

I finally saw some 3000 year old thing in taiwan (In Taidong)...

I went to Taidong yesterday. Here im exporing the culture of the taiwan country side again, and meet some aboriginals...
I met a Paiwan...
But here there are most Amis...
The east coast are most populated with chinese ppl
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwanese_aborigines
omg, Thao had only 281 ppl left year 2000, i wanna go there and see who/whats left...
Yesterday I passed by ikea in taipei to buy some swedish things for the faimly where I stayed at...

EAting Mcdonalds food in the train...

Omg, 1 person working, and three observing...thats efficient...

Hualien...

Yuli...such an isolated place...I better return here some day... 

Wow, finally Taidong...

Here people leave their bags for a while unsupervised...thats taidong...

 And no helmet...just as the east coast I remember...

My friends place looks like I remember it...

Traffic lights are more like a recommendation...

One of the two giant stores...I passed by lat year when I cycled around taiwan...

Later we went to a burger bar...with interesting arts...

Only chinese menus in this part of taiwan...

 All you can eat for 249NT...including pizza...however the whole talbe must take the same offer...so I couldnt  buy it...

Lizzards on the wall...

"La casa mia", popular among the locals...and visitors...

 I had a 7inch hawaii pizza...

 And a burger...

Omg, we passed by "Obama cake" later on that day..they have 2 of these in taidong...

We also went ot the coastline, where we also went last time...now the "globe" was finnaly done...nice lights...

Switching...red...blue...green...etc...it was where they use to have an ancient aboriginal hut, but a typhoon last year destroyed it...

They also had many maps here...and information about the pacific ocean...

 Distans to vietnam...not that far only 1620km...

Omg, Xiaoluiqui and orchid island has the same distance from Taidong...orchid island is really far away...

Guan, an "american island" where the nearest skydiving is...about 2671km away...

 Fiji 7185km away (I think most of these places has related aboriginals as taiwan)...

Looks like a ufo or something...in the dark...I wonder how many typhoons it will stand...(its right at the ocean)...

Here is the place for the aboriginal house...

It says "welcome" or something in some language...

Omg, a chirstmas tree near the county office...

Wow, Carrefour in Taidong...thats exclusive...

 And Taigonds highest buirlgin (i think), abandoned...

And a night market nearby...

Wow, cheaper than Taipei...how can that be...the kiwis is not ever from here...

An aboriginal guard...

I bought some Calpis juice...

A guard is guarding the abandoned building...

We passed by "a plce caleld "red house" , maybe inspiried from the place with similar name in taipei...

We also went back to my rineds grandmas house...where they make famous food...

 A baozi without anything inside..(Mantou)....

I also got noodles...

 They had an intersting map (only 2 years old), showing some roads to cross the island...maybe I will go there next week...

Road 20 and 23...

Many scooters at aour next stop...

It was an awesome place from where we could see the whole city...

No mosquitos, and not warm...it was perfect...

And a pig walking around in the grass...

Its a good way to get rid of left overs...to fed it...

no english menu...

We also bought a deck of cards...and played taiwanese games...

The paraffin lamps reminded me of my summer house at the swedish west coast...

We played 3-4 different games...while sipping hot chocolate...

The pig eventuallt got tired...

Next stop: the red house...

 We had a special offer for budweiser...not sure why, but this seems to be a popular beer here in taidong...

The waiter was funny...

It was an adventure...

Putting effort in finishing the beer...

 My friend were a little slower...

An intersting flower store...open 3am on a wednesday...

Back to the house...tomorrow is another day...

...that starts with playing computer games...thats what taidong teens lie the most (i guess) since they talk about it alot...

"leauge of legends"...a kind of fun game...

And the first stop of the day: The prehistoric museum of taiwan (one of the goals of thie taidong trip)...

Discounts for taigond people...

 English information...so professional...

I had my student ID (taiwanese and swedish)...

Wow...same ticekt system as the railway...

The first exhibition was about german people and their connection to some aboriginals...

 And the classical aboriginal dance I saw in sunmoon lake and ona painting on road 9 between fenggang and taidong some year ago...

Kivala, some word on one of the many aboriginal languages...

 Cool dresses, I wonder why they dont sell more of these in taiwan...like in suth america every tourist store is full of these colourfull patterns...maybe the non aboriginals dont wanna expose aboriginal things...

This city is the "sister town" in germany, near frankfurt I think...

This chinese characters is the name...

 Wow...indians...

 And here I finally saw it...and archeological exhibition in taiwan...i like...

Its in Peinan, where I stay herein taidong...

Here are the mountian ridges of taiwan...

No wonder there are earthquakes almost every day in taiwan (or several every day, for doubters, please visit: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm)...

Wow...the eastenr part of taiwan is on adifferent continental plateau, no wonder it shakes alot...

This is how taiwan use to look like...to bad no pandas went here...I saw some bamboo forrest near alishan where I think they could have lived...

And glaciers in Xueshan...that is cool...

 Omg...Air pollution...no real solution, since most taiwanese voters are scooter drivers...they might continue driving forever...

And some exhibition where they used Sherlock Holmes, Im not sure why...since the exhibition had nothing to do with him...

Weird...

Semimusimuk...aboriginal language...

And skeletons...
Wher can I see the old traces of life in taiwan today? At a rice field in Paishgnan...

 or a rice field in Niaosung...

Many pots where made by taiwanese ppl thousands of years ago...same as home...

They had different designs, and sizes...

They even had an iron age here...

And they use "bopomofo", a taiwanese version of pinyin...for kids to read the characters...I wonder how many kids understands bopomofo, that cant read chinese characters (these easy ones)...

Wow, so many sites (The red spots) where archeological findings has been made in taiwan...

Another old site, where there now is a city...

 and this site is not a rice field today...but it is "abandon agriculture field and tombs", maybe I still can go and see it...

Just as sweden has an ice age in the 1300 taiwan has a period of hard times to...why its hard to find findings (even tainan was covered with water during many years)...

Under "Hua-kang-shan stadium" in hualien there were some findings...

 And in fushan (i think north of taidong)..., now agriculutre field...

 And a rice field in tainan...

Omg...the aboriginal languages are spread to many places (the most spread language in the world)...

 ethnic group: Atayal...

Like in the movie "Seediq Bale", reminding me of the aboriginals in new zeeland...

 ethinc group: Paiwan, like my friend Peiche in taidong...

Amis, they are at the east coast between taidong and hualien...

Some aboriginals looks like philippinos and indonesians...no wonder...since they use to travel all over the palce...

Ethic group: Puyuma...

Ethic group: Rukai...

 Ethic group: Saisiat...

EThic group: Tsou...warriors...

Ethic group: Bunun...

The bunun people used wichcraft...unfortunetely christians changed the culture...

And healing was used by Kavalan people...

Same system as in Korea...age matters (the older the better for Sakizaya people)...

They were big beleivers of nature...the Truku people (Gaya (gaia) theory was used)...

 Omg, Seediq...like in Seediq bale...seems like they live near hsinchu...

Thao ppl lived near sunmoon lake...I should check for the warriors next tim I go there...

Austroneasian speaking people: "geographically, they are the most widely distributed language group in the world"...from africa to near south america (but not crossing the atlantic ocean)...

ten primary branches of this language is found in taiwan...

My friends were bored...(I might also be, if i went to a swedish museum)...they just sat and waited for me to inhale aboriginal information...

Some special expos at the museum...next time I might go th the guide rouge resrurant in the area...now we went downtown instead...

To a japanese restaurant...

 Teppanyaki...

 Omg. a 3000nt lunch...

My friend thought I wanted a 800-900nt lunch, i thought it was a little much, after all we are in the chaep country side of taiwan...

Squid...

Green or brown bean...ye, they eat is sweet here in taidong as well...

 Bojun was the last one to finish as usual...

They closed almost when we came, but kept open andohter hour...the cheif knew alot about european food...
Omg, Taidong universoty...so special...

Maybe I shoulds tudy here some time...they dont have that many departments...but I will tkae what they offer...

The main entrance...

 My friends favorite place in taidong...a book store...

 They had an exhibition...reminded me of bosco...

And a nice back yard for reading...

Intersing, this guy has connections to sweden...

Omg, at this park, no dogs, no footbals, no littering, no people in a box, no cars (this was at a parking lot), no strollers, no smelly things..(maybe its BBQ)...

Wow, one of the higest buldings in taipei, the hotel I leved in then i did my first ironman...

Some are place...

 A famous tea store...

 The most expensive thing was 45Nt, thats much cheaper than taipei where i often find 60-80nt drinks...

A hut from the old times...

The next stop was a site where we could see a tomb...

 It was a park...

 And they had orienteering stops...

 And amphitheaters...

My taidong friend enjoyed talking to the guards at the place...

 "blind peoaple only" (i was told)...so funny...if u can see, are u prohibitedto walk near this line then?

A nice view over the city...

 Green island in the horizon...

Orchid island far away...

But I could not see it...

The cliffs here are famous for beeing "dead"...

And here the tomd was...

Finally, after 4 years, I found a site thats older than the spanish fortress in tamsui...

HESS language school...a reason for foreingers to work here...

We went north on road 11, and found an aboriginal village...

I could not take pics inside their expo hall, but they had nice hardcrafts, even using Swedish absolute vodka bottles...

And some nice place to drink...

"amis" the name of the tribe living here...

 And nice bags...I bought some cards...

 And supported their "no nukes" program, they were complaining alot, avbout a new hotel that was build here on the sout east coast, without governmental permission, but since the culture here is that u have to follow the authorities, its hard for the sociaty to act, when some gangsters act "outseide the culture patterns":..the locals (who were super good in english) gave away flyers...

...about the coastline hotel that will destroy the sensite coral rief...maybe its the same attitude as with scooters...that environment is a secondary issue...economical growth is prio 1 (american style)... :P

Some nice cafeteria with aboriginal people (i think)...

More propaganda...

They also had a sugar facotry that was famous at this place... 

Else we continued north...I wanted to cross the mountians...

We tood road 23...


Omg..,"watch out for monkeys"... 

 it was dark. maybe the monkeys were sleeping...

 Some statues but no monkeys...

We didnt see any monkeys...but continued to an aboriginal restaurant...

WIth food from many tribes...

Not sure which dish belonged to which tribe though...

 Some pork...

 It started to rain alot...but we had roof...even if it waws outside...the beauty of taidong is that even the winter is warm...

Back to home...playing some games...

I was taght how to play "leauge of legend"...

 It was fun...

They had interesting pictures of different characters...

And the game was free to download, but if one wanted to upgrade faster than just playing to earn bonuses,. One could buy extra bonus...

Later we continued to a bar...where they had live band...

Many different groups performing...

Some guys were preparing the show...

 "Who´s" was the bars name...minimum charge 300nt...per person...

 Wow, emergency exit...thats modern...

I had a kalhua with milk (even if i ordered a baileys with milk)...it was really small...(250nt)...

The guys playing wer cute...some philippino people...

And they played good songs to...bothenglish and chinese songs...

 Some philippino girls danced (not sure if they were staff)...

 And a girl had her virthday...

The guitar player had a mullet just like me... 
This badn was also there (but they didnt play), i guess they take turns...
We were the only customers there, after 1 am...taidong is not a party place on a thursday....atleast not this thursday...

A trip to Yilan

I went to Yilan yesterday...

Taking the bus...it was convenient...

I was dropped of at the same pace as I left from after my 53k marathon this summer

On road 9, going from Taipei to the south of taiwan, passing the east mountains...

And the hill, that I often take pics of, which I ran up on at the same marathon...

Wow, a chirstmas tree, in novmebrer...welcome to taiwan...

I brought my Whicky, that I never finished from last time I was here...

Yilan by night...if often seems like a very small village...
 
 A famous night market
 
 This was famous...
 
 I bought some fried salad...and also met 2 girls from france and germany, who was here 1 year as rotary exchange students...interesting...many restrictions...
 
 This place was also famous...
 
A nice temple in the city...
 
 Wow, Yilan produced beer...
They had 4 different kind...one with algea...as I drank in singapore... 
 
 I never heard of this brand before...
 
 I tried all the kinds, excet the algea one...
 
 One had pineapple flavour...tha dark one was suprisingly good...

They also had dance performance...

Faomus place...maybe...

And this to...

Omg...Alishan tea...

I went to a uesum the day after, near Wai ai, where I use to go and surf...and where the boats leave to Turtle island...

Omg...so many umbrellas...

_nice view of Yilan, with turtle island in the background (taiwans only active vulcano...)...

And mountains...xueshan...for instance...

Andanintersint projection of rht world...not using mercator...

Omg...so many lakes in Yilan...I love taiwanese lakes...

How to spell "Qing" dynasty? "Cing"!?!
Or "Qing" dynasty?
 
 or "Cing"...
 
 Or "Qing"...
 
 Or "Cing"...even in the same paragraph they used different spelling...confusing...
 
 "Gaga" so intersting...
 
 Omg so many island I wanna visit...
 
 An old map of Taiwan, made by dutch people...
 
 Wow...5000 years ago...people settled in Yilan...
 
 Aboriginal tattoos, reminds me of the tattoos in New Zeeland...
 
 And the move Seediq Bale...

And at the Souvenir ship, one could by the Eiffel tower...

And miniatures of the museum...

On the way out, I saw some lockers for umbrellas...some one could bend lose anyway...but it was a interesting solution...

A resturant was the next stop...

They had alof of pics of fishes...

It was still raining in this "they rainy city" of taiwan...

So weird...in taiwan, they serve chicken with the head on the plate...

More rain...

Here is a map of a water fall in Yilan...

One had to walk a path up hill...

It was kind of touristic...

But also nice...

Aobut 20-30 meters high...

Up towards the jungle...
In the winter, it get snowy here...(or in the near by area)...
I bought a bottle of the local beer...a dark beer...
Later I went to the german restaurant at taipei main station (that is 100% taiwanese, btw)...
And alot of side ddishes were ordered...
Spicy sauce...one of the guys going there did an "italian", he took the reciept for company purpose, while everyone paid for themselvess (more or less)...omg south europeans...
After this a trip was made to a spanish bar in the city...
The door was locked...but it was full party in side...
Many ppl at the bar...
And in the basement they had a band that played and people danced...
I tried this german beer "Faust"...it was fruity and good...
Many foreigners  there...I will come back here some day to try their spanish food...

A visit in pingxi and shifen...

I tried to visit a waterfall yesterday...
Going up the mountains...very interesting...

The villages here remings me of places in the alps...

Due to the bridges and monuments...
But not the palm trees...
There are many trails here...
And statues, illustrating, i dont know what...
And flying lanterns high up in the sky...

Shifen waterfalls...a friend of mine went here some month ago...I wanted to see it by myself...

One had to walk a bit to go there...it was raining so it was slippery...

Omg...far away, behind the trees I could see the falls...not much to see (from the path)...
More interesting was a house up on a hill...
I wonder why people even went here...
A bridge was closed so ppl could not walk th the falls...

Even if it was signs...

Another bridge went no where...an old lady said that another path was open daytime...before 16...

Next pontaneous stop was at a near by village...where all these lights came from...

Some kind of event...gathering many people on a train track...
People wrote messages on lanterns...
The lanterns had different colours...representing differnt wishes...
And many other touristic lantern things...
It looks nice...I remember when I was 12 and ppl in school did a physical experiment...making one...

People were posing before releasing their lantern...

And once in a while the train came...so people had to move...

Many young people wished for good results at school...

Some foreigner wrote on this one...

Here was a map over the colours meaning...and prices of the lanterns...

And here is a pic of the waterfall that I never came to...

Train gain...

I bought a lantern, I will take it home...I heard that its illegal to use the lantern in the cities...but im not sure what defines a city...I paid with my 1 dollar coins again...making my purse lighter...

And ate some local food...
Clever...the plates were covered with transperent plastic bags...so no dishes were necessary...
Once again I paid with 1 dollar coins...it unfortunately crated confusing among the staff...
Firework...
Recounting the money...
A new train coming...
And more lanterns...
Far up in the sky...a lantern...
More were sent away...even if it was raining...
More messages were written...
Omg "Mats temple" (Mats is a swedish name)...maybe a swede came here some hundred years ago and influenced the people,,,naming the temple...

Kenting half ironman

I did a half ironman today...as usual i never got really tired, since I know I wont be on frist place, my strategy is to take it easy...and just reach the finish in time...I got in on 6 hours something...after really cycling slow...

In the morning, people had to wait for almost one hour for the start...some pros were starting 15 mintes before us...

It was nice weather in the morning...

There were many regylations, but as usual here in asia, no one really cares...people were wearing wet suits covering their whole body...making the float easier...and as usual its chaotic in the water, tai ppl swiming in any direction, not sure what their tactic is, but they look up, the swim blindly towards that thing they are aiming for...even thout the often accidentally change theri direction...
The starting place...so far kind of calm...
The pros started 15 mins before us...
We were suppose to start in the water...a mass start...

Just wait for the start...(omg, after seeing some pics of me, i still am kind of fat (97 kg at the current date))...
Many people were watching...
And now we go...!
After the swim it was the cycling...my helmet was strange...i had to make a knot to make it stick on my head...
No drafting, was the rule (extra strict since it was american rules...however I saw super many who cheated...I now regret I followed the rule, since I would save alot of time draft for a while...)
People are always so serious about clothing...everyone were wearing special outfit...i wonder for what use...my olf surfer shorts from Wai ou (2008), and a normal polo was awesome...and also cheaper that some super ultra light swim suit...
The running is always east...since I have done a oucple of marathons and ultramarathons the recent years...I pass by many people on this part...and I always save alot of energy for the running...
Ayo...here in asia its very common that people are blocking the road by jogging...(maye they think that they run super fast)...I always have to run slalom between slow runners...
We use to drink beer for the purpose of recovery in sweden...they gave away free Asahi beer here (japanese brand)...it continas alot of carbs...and after 1 can , i was recovered...
Well at the finish, it was also chaotic, it was in the middle of nowhere, so people needed shuttle bs to get out of there...and there was alot of traffic, causeing some accidents with the participants...
 
And we also got a free buffet...
Nice...however i seldom feel like eating alot right after a competition...
I tood some fruits and juice...
Then waiting for the shuttle bus...
The bus staff were all wearing hawaii shirts...
People at the starting point, were efficiently cleaning up...
I went to Smokey joes later in the evening...
Omg, they had a drink called "ironman" ihad to try it...
It contined egg, pinabpe and organge juice...
I also had this thing...didnt taste that much...and less cheese than on the picutre in the menu...
And some mashed sweet potato...
They also played music kind of loud...but it was nice music...
The pizza wagon had a lot of customers...
And this bar is still open...I remember 4 years ago, when I went here...it was also here...
Not that many customers yet...this guy will work until 6-7am...he is a funny guy...

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