Taipei, Taiwan // Day 2 (Part 1): Hot Springs, Hiking, & More Ramen

Waking up on the second day was so refreshing since I’ve slept for more than 12 hours. Yes! And so it was a great day to go hiking and more walking around! First on the to-do list for the day was to ride the subway going to the hot springs at BeiTou. And of course, upon landing at our destination we got some ramen as first stop of our adventure!

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This Ramen place got all the hype from their locals so we went in for a try. There was definitely a distinct taste between ramens in Taiwan and ramens in Manila. The ramens back home are just too salty and too much flavoring, while Taiwan ramen (still Japanese cuisine though) were just enough; not salty, there’s no after-taste of powder broth. Good!

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Fueled by ramen (see what I did there? ;D), we went for more walks (or considered as hiking because it was like an upward slope idk) and passed by the Ketagalan Culture Center. I didn’t even know Taiwan had a lot of tribes before civilization. So that was something new I learned. Plus, they have the coolest library I’ve seen just right across the culture center! It was like a ski resort from the outside and the interior lighting was so nice. 

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It was a really chilly hike but yaay hot springs! We didn’t go for a swim but the heat smoking from the water was enough. Ahhhh.. And it was fun walking through the fog: imagine you’re in a horror movie scene, only it’s in broad day light.

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After the hot springs, we just rode the bus since there was no walk way going to the other mountain. The bus was full of old people; it’s an old people town, no duh. It had a certain smell which was not to my liking and it made me dizzy. Plus, the driver was driving so freakingly insane! (GTA meets no brakes)

Anyway, we reached Yang Ming Park! We disembarked the bus and hiked some more. It was a freezing hike, like literally my butt was freezing already then only to realize the park was closed. So we just took the bus going straight to the city and it was night market time! (though it was still mid-afternoon haha!)

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Shi Lin Night Market time.. yaaaay! *next post*


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