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Taiwan Zai Jian! … and ManMan

Zài jiàn in Chinese means “good bye” or at some extend “see you later”. It is time for us to leave Taiwan and we have everything arranged to leave next October 5th 2011. More details on all that later on, so keep reading :) Time flies and it is amazing to look back at the […]

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Taipei Metro Street Dancing Competition

In general oriental people prefer to do things in groups rather than alone. Life: west vs. east So, while using the MRT system in Taipei it is usual to see groups of kids and teenagers dancing together in the huge corridors and underground malls. Although they mostly dance just for fun and as a social […]

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Can you repeat please?

Spanish people are know for their “special” pronunciation of the English language. That includes using Spanish sounds for English people, music groups, cities, etc…. in a way that is impossible to understand for anyone who doesn’t speak Spanish (or Catalan). It won’t come as a surprise that Chinese people do exactly the same… use Chinese […]

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Cabs with a black box

Although Taiwan is an extremely safe country (specially when compared to some areas of Barcelona), they have an obsession with security (fences, blocked windows, etc.) and security cameras in particular (EVERYWHERE). The latest addition to the mix is the so called “black box” camera or DVR for cars. It all started with the taxis and […]

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Overtime

Sure that at some point you have heard or you have used the expression “to work as a Chinese”. So that is how it is, Chinese spend many hours working and in some cases they are even devoted to the company as it was part of the family. We are talking in this case about […]

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Ordinary people

The more you travel and visit countries the more you discover that the most interesting part of any country is always its people and the details on the most ordinary places. That’s never explained in any travel guide and it is always up to yourself to make the required effort to get in touch and […]

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11 May 2011 – The end of the world (again)

Last May 11th 2011 looked as one of these days that the world is supposed to end. The readers living in Europe heard about Raffaele Bendandi (died at 1979) who talked about a huge earthquake that would destroy Rome on that day. More than a few decided to leave Rome. Nothing happened in Rome, but […]

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Barça and serendipity

A couple of weeks ago, we went to watch the La Liga match Madrid-Barça. In Taiwan football is not very popular in general, they prefer baseball, but in Taipei there are some pubs that broadcast all kind of sports at any time (they will even broadcast the English royal wedding!). One of them is the […]

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Tour Taiwan 100

Taking some additional days off around the Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan (similar to All Saints day for Christians) we decided to team up with Yupei (Taiwanese) and Steve (Québécois) to tour around Taiwan island in a week. We were starting to be ashamed of not having visited yet a number of places in Taiwan […]

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On wheels!

One of the many surprising facts of Taiwan is that it hosts some of the largest manufacturers of bicycles in the world: Giant (the largest in the world), Media and Ideal among others. It is then not a shock to know that biking is the most popular sport in the the island and that a […]

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