Kaohsiung hike on Monkey Mountain

Shoushan – Monkey Mountain. This park is in (or just outside of, depending on your perspective) Kaohsiung. The popular trails feature wooden platforms in order to protect the thin fragile soil. We reached the ridge of the mountain, with great views over both the city on one side and the sea on the other. In a a couple of places we had viewpoint platforms installed. Here volunteers were carrying water Continue…

Kaohsiung and Cijin Island

Taiwan’s second largest city, Kaohsiung was our home for 4 days. Two things we noticed pretty fast. Even though it was January, so technically winter, we got sunny weather with up to 28 degrees C. Also, lots of scooters, lots of traffic, lots of pollution. Google gave me an alert on my phone. No wonder most scooter drivers were wearing masks. Went to the beach. Pretty deserted. Just us, some Continue…

Injury Log Part IV – Back on a Bike

In the previous log I described how I got back to walking. Great! That means I’m cured, right? Actually, 5 weeks post op, I could barely walk, keeping my right leg completely straight and relying on one crutch. The joint was still painful, especially when putting my weight on it. Stepping with the right leg while also flexing the knee was out of the question for a few more weeks. The Continue…

The Ancient Trees of Alishan

Stayed in Alishan less than 24 hours. Still it seems we pretty much got to see everything (according to the leaflet we got at the visitor office). We got to Alishan by taking a mini bus from Sun Moon Lake. We went on a mountain road, winding up to over 2600 meters. Steep slopes barely allowing switchbacks. The 30 kmph speed limit seemed to be making fun of our little Continue…

Sun Moon Lake

No, those are not three random nouns. It’s actually Taiwan’s largest lake and a popular tourist destination. Sun Moon Lake – how can you not love such names? It’s how I’d expect Google to translate the Chinese name of some type of noodle soup. I was back in Taiwan after my first visit over 5 years ago. Remembered one of the reasons I like this country. Being well developed, but with Continue…