The old street in Danshui, and what attracts me, as always, is the ever-present line of parked scooters. Life in North America, and especially Canada, does not prepare one for #scooterlife.
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Entry into the food vendor market does not have many requirements, and as advanced as this particular market is in Taiwan, many young and enterprising young adults are more than happy to test the "waters". Roast corn in BBQ sauce, I was happy to support his entrepeneurial spirit that night.
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The Times Square of Taipei - Ximending. I am told a generation ago this area was where the less desirable members of Taiwan society used to hang out. Now, it's a playground for the young and hip.
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The Taipei Confucius Temple. Clean, orderly, quiet; reflecting Confucian philosophy. As a man I made sure to step through the entrance leading with my left foot as is the custom.
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Hygiene masks are a part of the culture as much as are the open air markets. I quickly realized that it was only proper manners to wear one if you felt under the weather.
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One of my favourite sights is that of seeing scooter traffic in an area where foot traffic is the norm. They weave in and out of pedestrians at a fairly good clip, and you never see anyone get hurt. Miss Daisy doesn't need a chauffeur; she can drive herself!
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Visiting yet another night market, this time by the National University. An obvious difference in demographics, but the food is just as good. Nobody does without good street food in Taiwan; it's one of life's staples.
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Breakfast in Beitou. My favourite time of day, and in many ways my favourite meal, always simple, always fresh. Eating is big business in Taiwan, small eateries are everywhere; I wonder if anyone prepares their own meals.
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Like many other countries, Taiwan's population is aging. Taiwan's fertility rate in 2011 sat at 0.9, the lowest in the world, and although that is just one year, the low rate is an indication of the new norm rather than an exception. I saw this scene, and immediately thought of the Sphinx's Riddle, although slightly modified to accomodate the woman on the bicycle.
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Seafood and freshness of the highest order at the FuJi Fish Port. From the sea to the vendor to the restaurant not 50 yards away - that is if you like seafood that is.
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Xiaobitan, the outskirts of Taipei on the southwest corner. New roads, and new highrise residential buildings, but the ever present smog, not so new.
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Jiufen old street market, and a small hint of the Japanese influence still felt in Taiwan. Seemingly every town has a night market, and this because of the narrow streets seems especially busy. The market tour continues, and the sampling of street food never-ending. No complaints, and none from my stomach yet, either.
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Shilin Night Market, the mother of all night markets. In general there are night markets that run throughout the city, and the country for that matter, but for size, and "attendance" this night market transcends them all. When there is this many people a step ladder and a megaphone is par for the course for any night market vendor. Open seven nights a week, this is a typical weekend gathering. Weekend pedestrian speed? I'd rate it a little quicker than tortoise.
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Headed to the mountain town of Jiufen, and the train lands me in Ruifeng first. The ever present street vendor by the bus stop, but what really caught my eye was the representative traffic in a typical street scene in rural Taiwan.
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The main entrance to Ximending, one of the most popular shopping and entertainment districts in Taipei. The crowds only get bigger as night approaches.
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Tea eggs are very popular, so popular that you wonder if the market ever becomes saturated. A lull in business. However, it's a egg shop, if the tea eggs aren't selling chances are some other egg will.
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One of the entrances to the Shilin Night Market, and waiting with a curious gentleman for my turn to cross the road.
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Waiting for the train, and I'm as anxious as the subject: three hours from Taichung to Taipei and our home away from home.
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Courage, determination and speed; three qualities for a successful street crossing in Taipei. This woman already has a half step on the motor traffic; obviously a veteran of many crossings. My tribute cart shot to Kai Wong from DigitalRev.
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Morning market in Beitou. If I was retired I'd find an old friend and catch the never-ending, always changing, action that is an open air market. Then I'd go off looking for breakfast, much like these two gentlemen.
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A monk going about his morning activities. Around 90% of the Taiwanese have a shared belief in Buddhism, that was brought to the island during Dutch colonial rule in the 1600's; certainly pre-dating the arrival of the scooter. The monk is the true master of the road.
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Looking out at the combination of clouds and pollution from the peninsula at Yehliu. Somewhere far off the coast was a typhoon, but for all the gloomy weather, and the wind, it never made shore in my time there.