My First Trip to Taiwan

I got an exciting opportunity to take a business trip to Taiwan through my full-time job. I got to visit Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.  I was busy working hard and didn’t really have time to be a tourist, so you will notice I basically have pictures of food and buildings 😉 However, my former students that I met there showed me some really cool things in Taiwan!

I got to see Taipei 101. I didn’t have time to go up to the top,  but I still appreciated seeing the beautiful building!

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

I learned that the lights on the building change every day. They cycle through the color of the rainbow 🙂

Taipei 101

Taipei 101

In Taipei 101, I got introduced to some delicious Taiwanese dumplings at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, a restaurant that actually earned 1 Michelin Star!

Din Tai Fung (Taipei 101)

Din Tai Fung (Taipei 101)

People making dumplings at Din Tai Fung

People making dumplings at Din Tai Fung

Dumplings at Din Tai Fung (Taipei 101)

Dumplings at Din Tai Fung (Taipei 101)

I learned that you have to bite the bottom of the dumpling to release the hot soup inside.

I learned that you have to bite the bottom of the dumpling to release the hot soup inside.

The restaurant is also famous for being visited by Tom Cruise.

There were a bunch of photographs from Tom Cruise's visit to Din Tai Fung

There were a bunch of photographs from Tom Cruise’s visit to Din Tai Fung

My former students took me to a Night Market in Taipei.

Night Market in Taipei

Night Market in Taipei

It was so interesting to see all of the different kinds of things you can buy at the Night Market. There were so many different kinds of food!

Night Market in Taipei

Night Market in Taipei

Night Market in Taipei

Night Market in Taipei

Night Market in Taipei

Night Market in Taipei

I also got introduced to traditional Taiwanese food at a local family restaurant.

Traditional Taiwanese Food

Traditional Taiwanese Food

Here my students encouraged me to try frog, and I did.

Frog

Frog

They also encouraged me to try pig blood cake, but I couldn’t.

The dark rectangles are pig blood cake

The dark rectangles are pig blood cake.

Trying one new thing that night was as adventurous as I was going to get 😉

The National Museum of Natural Science is in Taichung (I didn’t have time to visit it though…). On the way to the museum is this beautiful walkway. I love how there are a bunch of trees in the middle of the city. It was really beautiful!

Walkway to the National Museum of Natural Science (Taichung)

Walkway to the National Museum of Natural Science (Taichung)

I also came across the Calligraphy Greenway, which has art and nature in the middle of the city.

Calligraphy Greenway

Calligraphy Greenway

Calligraphy Greenway

Calligraphy Greenway

When I left Wisconsin  to travel to Taiwan, Wisconsin was covered with snow and very cold, so I was very happy to see green and not have to wear a jacket in Taiwan! 🙂

In Kaohsiung I got introduced to a delicious dessert (that I’m not sure the name of), which is basically a waffle sandwich filled with red bean. If these are served somewhere in Wisconsin that I am not aware of, please let me know! 🙂

Waffle and red bean fish shaped sandwich

Waffle and red bean fish shaped sandwich

I got to spend the least amount of time in Kaohsiung, but here is a photo overlooking the city that I took from one of the top floors of a building I was working in.

Overlooking Kaohsiung

Overlooking Kaohsiung

Although I didn’t get to do much sight seeing, I really enjoyed my visit to Taiwan! I would love to return to Taiwan as a tourist. There is so much to see!

As for a music update, I want to let you all know that I am super excited about my upcoming CD Release Show at the Brink Lounge next Saturday! I hope you can join me in the celebration of the release of my first CD! 🙂

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