Made in Taiwan

This was supposed to be an epic Taiwan post with an awesome vacation movie & edited photos & awesome links…however. We’ve just moved countries & it just ain’t happening right now. So, I figured I’d do a mini Taiwan blog instead.

Cory and I did what most sane, responsible people do. Less than a month before we were due to not only move house but leave the country, we decided to take a mini vacation to Taipei….

Taiwan was amazing, so amazing that we stayed 3 extra nights (ok, the typhoon might have had something to do with that…) & so amazing that we have already started researching international school jobs in Taipei City! (Watch this space…).

Quick Taipei review:

– People are super friendly & they love babies!

– Giving babies gifts in Taiwan is the thing to do. Buddy was gifted black tea, crisps, bananas, rice porridge, fried chicken in a cup and some weird baby candies which Cory & I enjoyed immensely.

– Typhoons hit Taiwan, including super Typhoons. We know this through experience.

– Everything closes during Typhoons. Including the museum you traveled 45 minutes by bus to get to.

– Websites will not inform you of aforementioned closures.

– Bus drivers can be grumpy & drive off as you climb on with a sleeping baby attached to your back (not cool Mr. Bus driver, not cool.)

– Night markets in Taipei are the place to be (do NOT miss out on the bubble tea!).

– Fooooooood eat all of the fooooood!

– Massages. Just yes to all of the massages.

Taipei highlights:

Jifuen

Some of you might know the movie ‘Spirited Away.’ The actual real life tea house is here & is beautiful!

– Food (We really liked the food >< )

– National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

We went here 3 times just because it was just so beautiful.

– Massages (I came away feeling very relaxed)

 Longshan Temple & night market

A beautiful temple in the heart of a night market with a fantastic atmosphereM.

– Maokong Gondola & mountain

A 4.3km series of Gondola’s with 4 stations taking you from the zoo to the Maokong Mountain Temple with stunning views. Be aware, if taking the Gondola in hot weather take lots of water or consider postponing until it cools down! There is little to no ventilation in the Gondola leading to a sweaty and uncomfortable ride!

Taipei with a baby TIPS

– Do it!

– You don’t need a stroller. We found everything within walking distance of metro stations & when we did have our (tiny) stroller, it just got in the way.

– Kids pay by height on the metro. Get taller kids to slouch.
– You can buy single tickets (or token’s) for the metro or an EASYCARD which you can top up and use much like an oyster card. But, if you are doing lots of travelling it it worth buying the 24h or 5day pass. These can be bought at most stations at the information desks by the ticket gates.

– Drug stores do NOT sell diapers! Supermarkets yes, drug stores no. Extra hint, do not discover this after the supermarkets have closed.

– Supermarkets also sell an abundance of formula. Buddy is a boob conisure so I don’t know much about them, but formula is easily available.
– Breastfeeding in Taipei is a pleasure! There are feeding rooms absolutely everywhere especially in train stations. They are clean and very comfortable to use. Be aware that they might be locked and you may have to locate a key. In Taipei main station you head to the information desk and will have to leave a deposit. As Cory had gone back to the hotel to collect the luggage when Buddy needed feeding and taken my wallet with him (oops) the staff allowed me to leave the stroller as a deposit!
Some feeding rooms do not have a key but instead have a buzzer system. I found that pressing the button and saying clearly ‘Baby, hungry, drink milk’ got through the language barrier and the door open for me!

 

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Taipei is a very breastfeeding friendly city.

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