Friday was a crazy day.
We weren’t sure what was going to happen. We got news that Typhoon Soulik, which was gaining strength as it made its way toward Taiwan, was going to hit sometime that day. Hawaiian Airlines decided to cancel its flight out of Taipei — it was postponed to Saturday — and folks were concerned about the potential disaster the typhoon could cause this densely populated city.
So what did we do?
We headed out. And without an umbrella.
We hit a 123-year-old tea shop to sample locally grown and processed tea, then ate at a fancy new Italian Restaurant. All before the typhoon hit.
Don’t worry. We’re OK. See? I’m blogging!
Here’s what Friday looked like — before the storm:
National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
The news of Typhoon Soulik hitting Taipei late Friday didn't deter me from hitting the pavement in the morning. I ran from our hotel to National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, a memorial dedicated to the Republic of China's National Father. It was completed in 1972. While one of the top attractions is formal changing of the guards, this area is hugely popular with residents in the early morning who come to exercise. (Like me!)
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.
Love to go to the tea houses, thanks for showing that.
This place was particularly special because of its age and the traditional charcoal curing process it still uses. I love places like this, too!
Yum yum yum…..
That was damn good Italian food!
great blog, gotta try some of the places now. Not sure about snake stuff, yikes haha. Glad you enjoyed the tea place with Jason and Trattoria with Bob.
Thanks for the suggestions and setting up that meeting with Bob. Going to have beef noodles with him today! Yay!