I’ve had one of the most unexpected New Year’s ever. This would mark the third year that I haven’t spent back home. Couldn’t fight the feeling of being jaded so I booked an impromptu flight and within 24 hours I was on my way to Taiwan.
Out of all the impulsive decisions I’ve made in 2015, this might have been the best one. My first trip to Taiwan could not have been more perfect. It all started with an unplanned journey into the unknown, crossing paths with the most amazing people yet spending sufficient alone time to get some well needed personal space. It was almost as if everything that has happened on this trip seemed to have been planned from the beginning, just that I didn’t know it yet. How everything fell into place nicely, how I was hosted by this awesome Taiwanese girl I found from Couchsurfing, how I went from no plans on New Year’s eve till one that just happened 2 hours before countdown, how I explored so much and realised that a city is actually capable of making me feel so happy.
There couldn’t have been a better way to spend new year’s. Sure, there was no crazy party, or familiar conversations with friends. In fact I was surrounded by expats and foreigners in an asian country, with nobody cheering or hugging each other as the clock strikes midnight, with more views of people’s mobile phones than seeing the actual fireworks from the Taipei 101. There were no perfect moments that were worth remembering, I took my first piss of the year hiding behind a tree by the river because the porta-loos were in high demand. But despite the lack of perfect moments, this was sufficient. It was more than anything I had ever expected to usher in the new year. I pictured myself bored, alone and in bed watching TV and eating a tub of ice cream. But no, I’m so lucky and so thankful to have been at the right place at the right time.
Getting way too lost in Taipei Main Station.
Exploring Da Dao Cheng
Peanut soup on a cold cold morning?
Dining alone at busy eateries in Ximending can prove to be quite a challenge
Stumbled upon this sweet spot while I got lost!
It’s called Good Cho and has an amazing cafe in the store
Local art lovin’
Walking through the park to get to 象山 and getting completely held back by this stray pup
The view atop 象山！
Fog & deep thoughts.
I spent the last day of the year on yangmingshan.
Hiking with no direction ❤
The journey to nowhere
It was so darn cold, we were all in 2 layers. Too unreal
More fog and strong winds
New Taiwanese friends 😀
Spent my new year’s squeezing in the crowd with thousands of people just to see the fireworks at Taipei 101.
Next day hangover hotpot with my lovely Couchsurfing host ❤
Popped right over to Hualien and took a bicycle day trip to explore
I always find the most beautiful places when I’m lost 😀
Spent hours sitting at 七星潭 pondering life with some chips
Hikes at Taroko Gorge
This has got to be the most chillout monkey ever.
Temple in the clouds
The day I went to Jiu Fen was another gloomy day.
Old food street & the spirited away vibes
Yam. Yam was everywhere.
Did i mention my crazy obsession with smelly tofu?
Spent the last night having catchup drinks with more new friends !
I’ve always believed that a good start to the year determines how the following 12 months would unfold. This year in particular I have a good feeling. I’ve been more motivated to get my shit together, I’m kicking off bad habits and attempting to pick up better ones. My positive vibes are tingling and I’m just mentally lifted knowing that 2015 is finally finally over.