If you’re reading this on Monday morning, I’m currently in Taiwan making my way from Taipei to Kaohsiung. I’ll be completely exhausted but near the end of my 30 hours of travel. At this point, I will have flown from Pittsburgh to Chicago to Tokyo to Taipei. Flying from Chicago to Tokyo takes 13 hours. Thirteen hours! In a plane. I need a sedative.

Hello, Taiwan.

I’ll be spending these next two weeks in Taiwan with my girlfriend and another friend. We’ll be visiting our friend who has been spending this past year teaching English to grade school children. She’ll be working most days and we’ll be largely on our own for two weeks in a foreign country with little or no knowledge of the language that they speak. I’m nervous and excited all at the same time. I really don’t know what to expect.

I have worked on a few posts in advance for I’ve Tried That. Updates should be seamless on your end. Hell, you probably won’t even know that I’m gone. The major difference here is that I will be a bit slow in responding to my emails. There is a 12-hour time difference between the States and Taiwan. I will have my laptop and full internet access, but be patient with me as I’ll be a bit behind in my responses.

This might be a long shot, but have any of you guys visited or even lived in Taiwan? We’ll be traveling all over the island and I’m looking for recommendations on things that are ‘must-dos’ while I’m over there. What should I see? What towns should I visit? What restaurants or foods do I need to eat? Any sort of recommendation would be great. Feel free to email me at Steve@IveTriedThat.com with any suggestions.

If you would like to follow me around Taiwan, click here and subscribe to my Twitter updates. I plan on updating it constantly with news and pictures of the place I’ve been, the people I meet and the food I’ve eaten. It’s going to be one hell of an experience.

Wish me luck.

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