This trip was relatively impromptu; neither Ana nor I had made plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, and we both had a surprising number of friends who were living in Taipei.
We booked a direct, relatively cheap flight on EVA Air. I’d managed to amass enough miles to upgrade my flights to business class; this made a huge difference on the thirteen hour flight to Taipei. I was able to get a reasonable night’s sleep and hit the ground running when our flight landed early Monday morning.
We’d made no plans for our first day in Taipei other than to meet up with our friend Theresa at her apartment in a neighborhood called Da’an.
We had brunch with her and some of her friends and, that afternoon, I went for a long run along the Danshui river with her friend Ian. He’d been a software developer in Seattle before deciding to take a year-long sabbatical to study Chinese.
That evening I met up with my friend Andrew. I knew Andrew from my time working in the mainland; he’d since gotten married, had a baby, and moved to Taipei.
He lived in Neihu, a beautiful neighborhood nestled at the base of a mountain in the northeast of the city. We made dinner, had a couple of beers, and caught up.