Winter Holiday in Cuba

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Our second winter back in Canada and we’ve now completed the cultural integration milestone of going on an all-inclusive holiday to Cuba.* G’s parents arrived just before Christmas, and we flew together via Sunwing to Varadero. Despite the questionable reputation of Sunwing (there is even a Facebook group dedicated to their horror stories), our flight was cramped but okay. And … Read More

Trip to New York

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Quick weekend to NYC to send NW off (on his trip in search for love in Vietnam), meet up with JL, and to give S his first taste of the US of A. The Sights The Food From my memories of living in New York (in 2009/10), I always thought NY pizza was overrated… But I was pleasantly surprised by … Read More

Quarantine for travellers (with kids) to Taiwan

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We did it. We bit the bullet and decided to travel for lunar new year to Norway. And we survived. A 14-day quarantine plus 7-day “self management” period has been a requirement for all travellers to Taiwan for quite some time now. But in December 2021, owing to the anticipated large numbers of returnees for Chinese New Year, the Central … Read More

a bike ride in Jiaoxi

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We’re spending the month of August on the east coast of Taiwan, and today was a bike ride through Jiaoxi in Yilan County… This town is a major tourist spot because of its hot springs – and its easy access from Taipei (less than an hour’s drive through a remarkable mountain tunnel). Another popular spot? The roast chicken at 甕窯雞: … Read More

Heavy Taste Dr. Fish… in Jiaoxi, Taiwan

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When in Jiaoxi, do as the Taiwanese do: the “fish spa”, whereby tiny fish eat the dead skin off your feet… Heavy taste Dr. fish, anyone? Anyone? 礁溪 重口味溫泉魚 Okay, actually, we didn’t have the guts (feet?) to try this one — we opted for the normal version (with smaller fish) in Tangweigou Hot Spring Park, just down the street.

淺水灣 Qianshuiwan Beach

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October is perfect #beachweather in #Taiwan, when temperatures are in the I’m-not-dying-of-heat range. This is 淺水灣 (“shallow water” bay), about a 20-minute drive from Tamshui MRT. #latergram #taipeilife #failedsandcastle

Waiao Beach

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Spotted this poor dead puffer fish on the beach today… And lots of people learning to surf at Wai’ao. You can see Turtle Mountain Island in the background. #blacksandbeach #taiwan

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