My last day in Taipei before flying off and the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Oh well, that’s just how it is, the weather and its mood swings. I spent the morning figuring out how I am to get to the bus station the next day. A very good thing I did too because the bus station to catch the airport bus is like, crazy far from my hotel. I assumed this whole time that I could catch a bus from the new bus station, which is very close to me but oh no, it is on the other side of town. I spent a good 3 hours navigating my way through roads and underground tunnels figuring out how to get there with luggage for tomorrow. You might ask why I didn’t just catch a cab there??? Shhh…. I was running out of cash!! Hehe…. so I had no choice!
The rest of the afternoon, because I was on the opposite end of the city, I went to check out Eslite, a lifestyle store with a heritage in books and magazines .
The one place that I wanted to go but didn’t go was Bella Vita where Sadaharu Aoki Pattiserie and Joel Robuchon’s restaurants are but I’ve already decided that I’m coming back to Taipei in the future…. with Mr R in tow. He’s going to love this place! I know it…. and it’ll be even better going to these fabulous places together! That’s why I’ve stayed away from them this trip…. I get tempted very easily so the best way to not get tempted is to avoid it. And there is no point in going there anyway if there is no plan on eating. 😛
My last traditional Taiwanese meal. I think it was minced meat with noodles and egg and bittergourd soup. The bittergourd was orangey brown in colour which I’ve never seen before but it was still very nice.
The posh foodcourt at Eslite. I did not see one shabby foodcourt in any of the shopping centres I’ve been to in Taipei. Every single one was very nice looking. It actually gave me goosebumps because it just felt too good to be true. It’s almost like living in heaven!
I didn’t have it in my list to check out Taipei 101 this trip, funnily enough. I know that I definitely want to return for another visit with Mr R in tow so maybe I’m hoping we can check it out then so it was really lucky that I managed to catch a glimpse on it on my walk today!
My very last snack in Taipei. Ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. I found out tonight too that I can use my Easycard (train card) to pay for some stuff if I want to! Madness!! I used up all my credit just in case I won’t be able to get the balance refunded when I leave. I think the ice cream place is Taipei’s version of Gelatissimo because I see them practically on every corner. Every time I see it, I’m reminded of Cold Rock in Sydney which is a totally different kind of ice cream store but you see how I get the similarity. Ahhhh…. tomorrow I leave Taiwan and as glad as I am that I’ll be home soon, I also don’t really want to leave. Sigh..