Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Miles Traveled: 13,546 total miles
Destination Highlight: Being home
I was born and raised in Taiwan until leaving for the U.S. at the age of 14. I have been back to Taipei about once a year for the past three years, thanks to my job – the Taiwan Tourism Bureau has been our client for the past three years.
I have a love-hate relationship with Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. I was born on the east coast in a small town called Hualien, which means “the flower of lotus.” It is for me the last paradise in the world, a slice of heaven nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Taipei, on the other hand, is a bustling city that never sleeps. If Hualien is jazz on a Sunday morning, Taipei is hard rock – electrifying and full of energy. One never rests in Taipei. It’s where you can slow down – or try slowing down – in a café in a narrow alleyway, but even there your senses are filled with the aromas, the energy of the people, and the many sounds and colors of this city. It’s great to be a foreigner and a traveler in this city; it makes one feel alive.
I love what I do, because it gives me the opportunity to give back to the country that I know and love. I can show North American travelers that Taiwan is a diverse destination for those looking to experience local life and explore different cultures.