Taipei Daily Life

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Today's post is about what it is daily life in a city like Taipei. I won't be talking specially about anything, but I will show all those small details that make the daily life being an incredible adventure in a new world for me.

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I don't need to go away from home in order to notice that I'm living in a completely different world! Living in floor number 19, I never ask myself: stairs or elevator?

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Despite the building having 3 elevators, sometimes the elevator stops many times while I'm going down for allowing people to enter and getting to floor number 1 takes forever.

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One of the differences that I have noticed is that in Taiwan there is no such a thing as "ground floor". In Spain we usually refer to the floor that is on the ground level as "ground floor", while the floor above is "floor 1". In Taiwan, the floor at the ground level is always "floor 1".

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Living in Taiwan means living in a world without sidewalks ^^ Well... instead of sidewalks there are red lines painted on the road.

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It is always amazing to see people using an umbrella for protecting their skins from the sun. In Asia there are many people who try to keep their skin as white as possible, specially girls and women.

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Bulletin board. I suppose ^_^U...

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Vending machines are common in Taipei and they provide a wide selection of drinks, cold and hot. Because of the big range available, I can try a new drink almost everyday.

As you can see in the picture, all cans cost between NT$15 and NT$25, about 0.35€ to 0.60€. Prices are lower than in Spain ^^.

A special feature of the vending machines in Taiwan is that you can use the metro prepaid contactless card for paying for drinks.

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Bottled cold tea drinks are common in Taiwan, both in vending machines and convenience stores.

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How many drinks can you recognize? :)

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In Asia it is very usual that shops don't take just the ground floor of the buildings where they are placed. They usually take more than one floor. Many times they are even just on the upper floors and are not directly accesible from the street.

I took this photo at McDonalds in Ximending. Notice how there is a small free space between buildings. That space improves building's earthquake resistance.

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Bus stop in the center of Taipei. I don't like to take the bus in Spain and in Asia it is even worse! :D

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Some -not so modern- buildings in Taipei.

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When I check the pictures that I have taken from the streets, from time to time I am surprised to discover details that I have not previously noticed. Do you see something strange in this photo?

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And now? It is nice to discover anonymous smiles from people that were posing for the photo without me noticing about :D

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Car models that I have not previously seen in Spain ^^

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Posing with some terrain elements :D

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Walking by the streets around Taipei City Hall.

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Look at the huge smartphone ad over the taxi ^^.

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One of those small delivery trucks that are so common in Asia.

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7-Eleven delivery truck!

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Taipei financial district is beautiful. I love its buildings.

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Scramble crossing that can be used from 9h to 22h. In Spain they don't even exist >__<

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Nice sculpture in the street.

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Visiting Taipei allowed me to closely watch Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. It is very special to achieve something that one has spent a long time thinking about.

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Local patrol box. Inside the box there is a checklist that policemen in this area sign each time they patrol.

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Sights from the river and the elevated roads that go through the city.

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I would love to stay at Taipei Grand Hotel in a room with views to the river ^^.

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Mall inside Taipei City Hall station.

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That strange sensation of being able to read something in your own language when you have spent a long time without being able to read or communicate with people! I almost dropped a tear when I saw the word "café" perfectly written in Spanish.

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Snake Alley during the day. It is one of the most popular night markets in Taipei.

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Shin Kong Life Tower, close to Taipei Main Station, at sunset.

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Sweet, delicious and cheap food. Taipei is a place for not suffering hunger.

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Scramble crossing. You can't appreciate their usefulness until you use them.

This one can be used from 5h to 24h in the night, so unless you walk through the city in the night, we can say that it is operational during all the day.

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Presidential Office Building in Taipei. Few days ago a truck crashed into its main door.

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Traveling to the coast area in Tamsui.

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Visiting an elder residence in Tamsui. The painting that they do are just amazing ^^.

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Sights from the residence :)

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Classified ads from the newspaper.

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Minute Maid orange juices are very common in Taiwan vending machines.

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Kids playing with their bikes in a fisherman area in Tamsui coast.

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If I have eaten something in Taipei it was rice, rice and more rice. I think almost all days I have eaten rice ^^U...

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Sunset at Tamsui. I hope to see it again soon, as it is one of the best shots that Taiwan can offer IMHO.

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Exploring the streets at the center of Taipei where the atmosphere is quite special. It is like living inside a movie.

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Taiwanese people taking a beautiful photo with the 101 as the background!

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Going into the city in the night.

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Heavy transit of vehicles!

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One of the delicious dinners that you can eat in Taipei ^^.

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About to enjoy Taipei food ^^.

I hope you liked to discover this mix of details that make daily life in Taipei a very different thing from what I was used to in Madrid.

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