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I bow my head in shame for being such a lame blogger these past couple of weeks. Actually I cannot even claim that I was a lame blogger, I was just not blogging, period. But here is my attempt at getting back into the loop and updating you on what I’ve been up to since coming back to Taiwan.

Just over three weeks ago we arrived in Taiwan. As our plane approached Taoyuen International Airport we flew up along the west coast and I could see my old home town’s harbor, the spectacular blue mountains in the distance and welcoming green patches of rice paddies.

We hopped on a bus to Taipei where we decided to spend our first weekend. Right after checking into our dismal guest house we headed to Guangzhou Street Night Market near Longshan Temple for our first meal.

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The market was noisy and overwhelming with the smell of stinky tofu and vendors trying to sell us bizarre ‘massaging’ instruments. After wandering around for a bit we found a restaurant selling boiled dumplings. With my very-very basic Mandarin I managed to order us a plate of dumplings and dumpling soup (the latter was supposed to be beef-noodle soup, but as I said, my Mandarin is basic).

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I also had my first Taiwan beer again, from pink plastic cups of course! It’s most certainly not the best beer around, but it does satisfy and welcomes.

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