Talk about an adventure.
We traveled on Hawaiian Airlines‘ inaugural flight from Honolulu to Taipei City in Taiwan, with an itinerary of places to visit and things to eat. But we didn’t expect to be hunkered down in our hotel room for 24 hours, waiting out a Category 3 typhoon.
Typhoon Soulik hit Taipei and other parts of northern Taiwan overnight, forcing hundreds to evacuate and businesses and schools to close.
The Yilan area on the coast was inundated with high surf — good thing my surf trip got cancelled! — and parts of northern Taiwan saw flooding and other damage.
But here, it wasn’t too bad.
Yes, it was windy and raining and it probably wasn’t the best idea to be outdoors at 2 a.m. — which we were — but it seemed like a massive tropical storm, not so much a typhoon, and we’re just hoping the worst is over.
Because we still have things to do!
Here are some scenes over the past couple of days and a video taken the morning after the typhoon hit.
Calm before the storm
Thanks to everyone who sent us emails, text messages, DMs, tweets, and Facebook and Instagram comments about the storm and your concern. We really appreciate it!
Follow my adventures in Taipei on Twitter @thedailydish and on Instagram @catherinetoth. Special thanks to Hawaiian Airlines for allowing me to be part of this special inaugural flight.