TAIWAN – Taipei

Our first few nights were spent just down the street from Taipei 101, the skyscraper designed to look like bamboo (or a stack of Chinese take-out boxes?)ย  Taipei is the capital of Taiwan – a somewhat disputed sort-of-part-of-China islandย ย (depending on who you talk to) – just off of mainland China. It’s an interesting mix of developed economy with upscale and international eateries, and inexpensive fantastic localย street foods and night markets.

Cute little puppies at a pet store walking down the street. Cutest dogs ever ๐Ÿ™‚ Such small cages ๐Ÿ™

The exterior of one of many beautiful temples in Taipei. The ornate wood structures are phenomenal, usually ordained by dragons, with a cornucopia of colors ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t always work.
But when I do, I try to do it in the most beautiful places on Earth ๐Ÿ™‚

Taipei Metro. It’s about 20-40 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) to ride the metro. At 30 NTD = $1 USD, it’s only about $.60 to $1.30 to ride the metro train. Fast, frequent, clean, inexpensive, and fantastic! San Francisco Bay BART managers… take note!!!

My first metro ride in Taipei. It’s great not driving …Unless I’m on a scooter or motorcycle!!! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

These are not surgeons.. They are the diligent dumpling rollers of Din Tai Fung in Taipei 101. Din Tai Fung is an extremely well-known and loved Taiwanese dumpling house, famous for their Xiao Lin Bao, (Pork soup dumplings), along with a lot of other tasty dishes. The cucumbers in sesame and spicy sauce were especially tasty ๐Ÿ™‚ ย The Xiao Lin Bao dumplings were also delicious, and actually reminded me closely of the Dumpling Kitchen downstairs from my apartment in SF! Good to know they are representing correctly in San Francisco ๐Ÿ˜‰

The full meal spread of Xiao Lin Bao, hot and sour soup, some other rolled steamed dumplings, fried rice, and their delicious sesame cucumber dish ๐Ÿ™‚ yumyumyum ๐Ÿ™‚

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