Day 7: 24 Hours in Tokyo

I was so excited for this morning. I was finally going to be able to meet Toshi’s wife and son! This was probably one of the moments I was looking forward to most. We were going to have a traditional Japanese breakfast but unfortunately that place opened an hour later than normal – of course….

Day 6: Oishi!

Helloooooo Tokyo! I’ve finally landed in a place I’ve been wanting to visit my whole life. Since my grandmother was from Sapporo, I’ve always wanted to visit Japan and get a feel for the culture and to see the beautiful land. My flight getting here, however, was the worst of my trip thus far. Ironically,…

Day 5: 10,000 Buddhas

Per Gordon’s recommendations, I scrapped my whole day’s itinerary. I wanted the extra hours of sleep so I skipped the Dragon’s Back Trail. The Tian Tan Buddha is apparently really cool, but it’s 3 hours away and is a huge tourist attraction. Gordon recommended 10,000 Buddhas instead, which I had previously read about but decided…

Day 4: The Peak

My trip to Hong Kong was easy. Two hours doesn’t seem nearly as bad after you’ve survived a fourteen-hour flight. Needless to say, this was another great experience. Food was included in the ticket and the staff were incredibly friendly. Upon arrival, I made it safely through immigrations, found my luggage, and got picked for…

Day 3: Chiang Kai-shek Me Out

Michael: What comes before anything? What have we always said is the most important thing? George Michael: Breakfast. Michael: Family. George Michael:Family, right. I thought you meant of the things you eat. As you can imagine, we started today with the most important thing: breakfast. There are so many small restaurants here within walking distance,…

Day 2: Relax & Recharge

After an incredibly busy first day in Taipei/Zhongli, we needed to recharge. We both slept in till about noon and had an easy morning. We made plans for lunch then walked to a small restaurant a couple blocks away. What was on the menu? Fried rice. This bad boy was served with an omelet on…

Day 1: Carbs, Museums, and Night Markets

I arrived safely at TPE and easily found my way through immigration and customs. I thought originally I’d have to take the bus or a cab to my friend Nick’s place but luckily one of his local friends, Sonny, was willing to drive. Good dude, drives a Honda. Side note – Much to my surprise,…