My time in China was short and sweet but I think it helped prepare me for Taiwan. I was a little better adjusted to the food, time schedule, and the incredibly warm/humid weather. We started off with a handful of days in Taipei then made our way into the mountains to explore some very rural regions of the country.
For those who haven’t been to Taipei or are unfamiliar with it (like I was). It’s a big bustling city. We were posted up at a very solid hotel somewhere in the city.
Our hotel room had a fancy toilet with a bidet. I never used one until this trip and after a few very uncomfortable minutes of trying to figure out what the buttons did, I am now a fan.
Our first night at we had some tasty food and this booze known as Wisbih. It’s liquor with caffeine and nicotimanide. It’s pretty gnarly and kinda tasty. From what our friends told us, it’s a popular drink amongst contraction workers.
Off to explore with Project Cat.
We went to a local temple, did some praying and got friendship bracelets. Not a bad first stop.
Went by a food market that had some yummies and some gross stuff. This was definitely not a yummy.
Project Cat in front of the Taipei 101 building.
Hit up a very fun bowl in the city. It was at the Extreme Sports Training Facility. Seem like an appropriate place for the bowl.
Dinner with the crew.
First hill out of Taipei.
Second hill out of Taipei. This one had dinosaurs.
The hill also had a big temple at the top. As most big roads in Taiwan.
This guys was burning up his brakes going down the dinosaur hill. He pulled over to splash some water on his brakes. Note the copious amounts of Beetle Nut spit on the front (Beetle Nut is kind of like the Taiwanese version of chewing tobacco).
Hot and humid.
Guff was feeling a bit under the weather. Sleeping in a hot car probably didn’t help much.
This cat wants you to rent a bike.
Incase you didn’t get the memo, Bear Trucks is now making beer. Only available in Taiwan.
This shop is rad. They’ve got a rad crew of people who took us all around. Tiger Clan 4 lyf!
Kyle Martin is a big fan of Project Cat.
This guy had a very unfortunate stain on his pants.
Epic street spot/playground feature.
After a super long day of skating in the sun we hiked up a million stairs to this view of the city. It was rad but at the time, my legs hurt too much to care.
A big pot of beef parts. Very tasty.
Weird boiled eggs at 7-11. Didn’t eat them.
Film crew getting ready for action.
Guff had a weird massage done that creates bruises to let all the bad juju out of him. Definitely something he needed after being sick for a few days.
Ride them until they’re done.
This lady made some of the tastiest dumplings I’ve ever had. Wish I could go back and gorge myself on them again.
Taipei is full of interesting street features. This is just another example of what’s out there.
Creepiest pedestrian sign ever.
We took off into the countryside of Taiwan and these were our travel vehicles. #rollintough
The views were heaps bullshit.
I was hoping for carhartt but I guess I’ll settle for these.
Found a 25cent claw machine and won this backpack. He waited all night to go out and skate with Jacob.
Roads were very narrow and windy.
Luckily we had Freddy Bear driving.
7-11’s were all over the place (over 3,000 in Taiwan). They were kind of like restaurants. The food was surprisingly good and we usually stopped there about 2-3 times a day.
The road reflectors were glass orbs that stuck up in the center lane. Most were just high enough to catch your trucks.
Got this food from a street vendor in the mountains of Taiwan. Probably the best meal I had in the country.
Taught the Tiger Clan how to play dice. They caught on quick. Maybe too quick…
Bombed down this road in the fog. Conditions were patchy and the traffic was definitely there. Kinda hectic.
Foam pads on hardwood floor was a little better than camping but not by much.
This dog had multiple signs on him that said “Do Not Pet.” Since we are tourist who can’t read we did it anyway.
Found an abandoned tunnel and made good use of it.
Guff struggled with the stairs though.
Big thanks to the Tiger Clan. They showed us around their country for almost two weeks and had a smile the entire time. Best tour guide you could ever ask for.
Project Cat enjoyed his time in Taiwan and is ready for Korea. Check back for the third and final leg of the #lyasianinvasion