Arriving in Naha

I arrived in Naha by overnight boat from Keelung. As I came through immigration at the port there were about 5 men, boys really, dressed in blue uniforms. One asked me where I had been. I told him Taiwan. He then asked me where in Taiwan. I listed of the list of places . . . → Read More: Arriving in Naha

Hungarian Sailors

I was walking up to the top of a hill in Keelung, to kill some time before my boat left and after having done some clothes shopping for essentials for my holiday.

About half way up I came across a group of maybe half a dozen men sitting on a large . . . → Read More: Hungarian Sailors

Card and Memorisation

I sat in a park in Taichung to have a rest. An older man came up and sat next to me. He said how much he liked the west and he liked looking at the banking cards we used. He wanted to look at mine. I showed him an old card I had. . . . → Read More: Card and Memorisation

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun

In Kaohsiung, I was walking down the street. I decided to stop off for lunch in MacDonalds. I could see they had a special where if you said their jingle, in Chinese, you would get the special. I can’t remember what the special was.

The woman a the counter slid the . . . → Read More: Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun

The three fingers

The next day I headed out to the temple complexes and religious sites around the town where I was staying. At first I headed down a long steep stair in a field of stones down the narrow mountain valley to the valley floor.

I then headed cross country to each of . . . → Read More: The three fingers

Sating a desperate need

I had been on the road on my own for nearly a week, with no-one to talk to. Snippets of short conversations with Taiwanese who were friendly, but knew little English. And one ten minute conversation with a Swedish girl in Taiwan to teach English.

I wandered into the Buddhist temple. . . . → Read More: Sating a desperate need


I headed out to Tainan station. I lined up and gave the man my destination and time I wanted to travel written in my best Chinese on a chit of paper. He looked at his computer and then concentrated hard. He said in good English, that train if full. I was happy he . . . → Read More: 山牛肉

Taiwan train tickets and bus stop signs

I was always taught that in Taiwan they use traditional Chinese Characters (繁體字). So it was a shock to me to find that while the train tickets had station names in traditional characters on them, the train stations themselves used Simplified Characters (简体字) on their signage. This caused me to rapidly get good . . . → Read More: Taiwan train tickets and bus stop signs

Import Export

I was walking down the street. A older man in a suit approached me. Walking beside me, on the left, he introduced himself. He explained how he had once been a poor farmer, but now he was into the import export business. He invited me to a coffee shop. I accepted.

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Ambushed at Macdonalds

I was walking along a street in Kaohsiung with a British man who had been living in Hong Kong with his Chinese wife. I thing it was about 7 or 8 pm.

A group of about half a dozen teenage girls in school uniform inside the MacDonalds spotted us and came . . . → Read More: Ambushed at Macdonalds