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Discovering Taiwan: Eating My Way Across l’Ihla Formosa

Two months ago, in August, I went to Taiwan on a week-long press trip -  a Foodie Tour, at the invitation of the Taiwan Tourism Board. An opportunity to eat my way around the island, with visits to cultural, spiritual and historical places – all while indulging in authentic Taiwanese cuisine, 10-course meals, night markets, tea houses and even beer breweries. You name it, it was on the itinerary – the first of its kind planned by the Taiwan Tourism Board, on occasion of the country’s centennial anniversary.

When MatadorU first posted the opportunity for its graduates, I jumped on it. A couple of weeks later, I was selected by the Taiwan Tourism Board, along with eight other travel writers and bloggers from around the US.

It would be my first time in Asia, and lucky me – that first time would be on an island (we all know my penchant for such places).

Shortly after that selection, I was offered a spot as Matador’s second Road Warrior in Belize.

Belize and Taiwan, all in one summer?! It was a whole lot of excitement for one girl. But I knew I could handle it.

The trip to Taiwan was the longest I’ve ever endured, because I had to make my way from Belize all the way to Washington DC, then LA and finally Taiwan.

LAX-Taipei alone is a 15-hour flight.

Phew. If it wasn’t for that comfortable, direct EVA Air flight with the extra leg room and the snazzy movie-on-demand feature, I wouldn’t have made it.

But the flight woes and back pains were all a distant memory the moment I arrived in Taipei and we pulled away from the airport and into the city.

Aah Taiwan! I experienced so many moments of intrigue at every hour of the day, let alone in a week. My senses were on overload, as was my camera – the farther we ventured the island, the more I felt connected to the culture and the more I wanted to look deeper.

Yes, Taiwan proved to be more than just an island off the eastern coast of China.

The country is a reflection of its complex history – because wow, Taiwan’s been through it! Portuguese settlers, followed by >>

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Postcard of the Week: Taipei, Taiwan

Outside Taipei 101 in Taipei, capital city of TaiwanView of Taipei, capital city of Taiwan from Taipei 101, the second tallest building in the world | Copyright L. Girma

I’m back from Belize but the Postcard series continues! It will be a weekly post (with an occasional bonus entry) and a random shuffle from my travels over the past three years – whether Belize, Taiwan, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada, or… you get the idea!

Today’s postcard is a teaser for my next round of blog entries which will be about my MatadorU press trip to Taiwan this past August, sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board. Lots to come… stay tuned. :-)

 

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