Arrival in Taipei or “It’s really hot and humid outside.”

Had to adjust my clocks, as I’m now UTC+8 instead of +9. Almost missed my flight by initially getting on the wrong train (right track though). Thankfully the airline staff was really, really, helpful.

I did forget to move the knife out of my food bag and into my checked bag though, so lost that. Still, I purchased a cheap one for pretty much that reason. I’m only sad because it turned out to be a pretty decent knife, often better than what the hostel had to offer, even if smaller.

Also I got frisked, (before that happened). Not sure why, but I was in such a hurry I didn’t really give a damn. Besides, I’m sure being drenched in sweat made it unpleasant for the guy. Turns out trying to hurry with 60lbs of crap for over two kilometers in 80F weather is… well I’m not in shape. That much has really become apparent to me during this trip.

Not looking forward to walking another 1km in 90+F (65% humidity!) weather in Taipei, I was approached for a taxi and thought, “Eh, what the hell.” $40, but it’s an hour long trip from the international airport to downtown Taipei. So, I didn’t think it was unreasonable. More than most of Korea (though taxis in Seoul were about that price).

My hostel is about 1.5km from Taipei 101, so that’s neat.

Also a preview from my last night in Seoul. I liked it enough to clean up the dead pixels and the weird line that occurs on high ISOs.

This hostel has AC going constantly. So hopefully that will alleviate some of the issues revolving around it being too friggin’ hot.

I meant to write a joke about that, and how only about three people here are familiar with Paul & Storm, in my last post… but it was too friggin’ hot. So hot I managed to burn (or cut?) a bit of flesh on my left thumb’s pad, just a few millimeters below the nail. Don’t remember doing it, but as I switched trains I noticed it hurt.

Tuesday July 3rd: Quick Update from Seoul

So Seoul has been kind of a bust as far as my doing and seeing things. The weather hit me like a rock and kept me down, but unable to sleep. I’ve managed something like 3-4 hours a night which isn’t really conducive to full day adventures in 30/90ish degree weather with 50-60% humidity.

Going to try to get out today finally seeing something other than the few blocks around me, but I told myself that yesterday too.

I fly to Taipei at 11AM tomorrow.

Since Taiwan wants proof that you are leaving in under 30 days, I also purchased my ticket back to Seattle from Taipei so I can leave after circumnavigating the island. Oddly the flight has a layover is Seoul, but it was over $100 cheaper than had I taken the same flight directly from Seoul. Airfare makes no sense. So basically, even though the flight to Taiwan is ~$350, all things considered, really it’s $250.

The other funny thing is that I’m flying out of Taipei on July 31st, at 1:30 PM, and if the projections hold, landing in Seattle on July 31st, at 1:00 PM. So using local time, my travel time will be -30 minutes.

I think there might be a reason UTC exists.

Also, yes, originally I was going to fly out today. With my blah, the flight times, the lack of price differences, I decided to wait a day and have a jet engine or two be my symbolic firework. Aaand seats reserved. Hopefully I’ll luck out and get a nice afternoon look at Seattle.

At this point I have my doubts I’ll be caught up until I get home, but hopefully I’ll get writing again soon, which is to say, hopefully the use of AC is less stingy in Taiwan.

Sorry for the delay and disappointment.

June 16th through the 19th Photoset: Daegu Failed Costco Walk Part 2 also Parks


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June 12th through the 14th Photoset: Travel, Daegu, and Failed Costco Trip One


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Sunday June 10th Photoset: Yeosu International Expo 2012


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Saturday June 23rd: Seoul and Books

I successfully made it to Seoul. I paid about twice what I would for a bus, plus the intercity bus, and then a bus, and a subway to get to Seoul, or about what I would have for the KTX train, but, this way I got a ride in a pretty nice car from one of the people at the last hostel I was loathe to leave. Door to door for 40,000 Won and a bit of help with my luggage. Not bad. Continue reading

May 24th and 25th: Hiroshima

This is a long one folks.

From Osaka station, it took about two and a half hours to get to my hostel in Hiroshima. It would have been a little shorter, but for my unfamiliarity with where things are and the strange pace I take on when carrying my luggage.

After finding my way out of the Hiroshima station, I found myself with two options, I could grab a local train and then get on a streetcar, or just get on a streetcar and ride for an extra 10 minutes. I opted for simplicity in a new place rather than saving a small amount of time. Also there was a guy with a Care Bear bag (thanks phone!). Maybe it was just cheap, but I like to think it is some weird cross cultural hipster thing. Continue reading

May 23rd and 24th: Osaka Around Shin-imamiya/Shinsekai

Funny story. I ended up staying in the “shady” part of Osaka. Hell, one of the worst parts in Japan, I guess. I didn’t know ahead of time, the reviews for the place I stayed were reasonable, and there was a zoo and a tower within walking distance, and it was only a few stops away from Universal Studios, couldn’t be too bad, right? Continue reading