Eating Veggie in Taipei

It’s no secret that a Vegetarian diet comes some sacrifices. For some that means giving up food they love, passing by unique local experiences and in general giving up the convenience of being able to eat anything you see for sale. For me, these are just minor sacrifices that I am more than willing to…

Pingxi Crags, a Natural Gem Outside Taipei

Pingxi Crags is a wonderfully unique natural experience just outside of Taipei. The area consists of 3 beautiful peaks with man-made stairs directly up to the summits. The peaks do not require any technical ability, nor are they particularly high. But the steepness and the drop offs to either side (don’t worry there’s fencing) make…

Little Chinese for travelers

Compared to other languages in the western countries, Chinese seems to be one of the more difficult languages for English speakers or for me as a German. As in any other language Chinese has a lot of different dialects e.g. Cantonese which is mostly spoken around Hongkong. However, Mandarin is the most spoken dialect. If…

Tamsui (淡水, Danshui)

Tamsui or how my friend told me to call it “Danshui”, is definitely worth a visit. Tamsui is located at the sea side of New Taipei City. When you walk along the riverbank you can see the Tamsui River flowing into the East China Sea. It also offers a great opportunity to see a beautiful…

Elephant Mountain hike by sunset

If you want to have the best view of Taipei City, hike up to the top of Elephant Mountain! A little bit of work for a stunning skyline! At the time I was staying at Mono’tel they offered a free guided tour to the Elephant Mountain. For a solo traveler like me the perfect opportunity…

Hiking Huang Di Dian’s Beautiful Ridge

Yesterday a fellow work for stayer and I went set out to hike Huang Di Dian. The trail was stunning and an amazing escape from the city. The hour and a half trip out proved very much worth it as we had the entire mountain to ourselves. (Directions at the end of the blog) Because…

A German backpacker’s experience in Taiwan

A lot of people on my travels ask me if I miss Germany. Of course I miss my family and friends from time to time but not really Germany because even though I travel to other countries around the world I meet so many German backpackers on my way. Some locals or people from other…

Teaching English in Taiwan’s Capital

My Experience My path to becoming an English teacher in Taipei has certainly been an indirect and precarious route. But at the age of 22 I find myself here teaching my native tongue with no degree, no previous teaching experience and no experience working with children.  In my two months working here so far I’ve…

Exploring Tapei with EasyCard

The first time you arrive in a metropolitan city like Taipei, you might be confused and overwhelmed by this amount of people and the traffic. You have to figure out how to get to your hostel/hotel and how to get from one interesting attraction to another during your stay.   Don`t worry! A quick, easy…

Dinner Time at Shilin Night Market

Mono’tel offered us the perfect base to explore the Shilin Night Market on almost a nightly basis. Literally just cross the road and you’re there. Easy! The sweet aromas of Stinky Tofu fill your nostrils on arrival; but don’t let that put you off! There are an overwhelming amount of delicacies to get your grimey…

Houtong, the Cat Village

Houtong is a small laid back town located in Ruifang district, north-east of Taipei. It used to be one of Taiwan’s most important coal-mining town up to 1990’s. Unfortunately, after the coal mining industry declined, the little town began to be abandoned by its inhabitants, who, out of work, had to move away. From about…