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Happy New Year! with family visit!

Happy New Year to everybody! We have started 2011 in very good company!

Using the Christmas break and some additional days, we have received the visit (unexpected and decided at the very last minute) of Mar (my sister) and Carles (my brother in law)

Acting as good hosts we took the to the must see places at Taipei: night markets, Ximending area (little Harajuku imitation) and Taipei 101!

Arribadets a Taipei

Arribadets a Taipei28-Dec-2010 01:27, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 18.0mm, 0.008 sec

Hi ha trampa, la Mar està en un lloc elevat

Hi ha trampa, la Mar està en un lloc elevat28-Dec-2010 03:15, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.5, 32.0mm, 0.017 sec

Vigilant al veinat

Vigilant al veinat28-Dec-2010 03:27, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 9.0, 18.0mm, 0.003 sec

29-Dec-2010 09:07, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.008 sec

29-Dec-2010 09:13, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.008 sec

29-Dec-2010 09:58, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.033 sec

29-Dec-2010 15:54, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.5, 31.0mm, 0.017 sec

01-Jan-2011 10:06, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.067 sec

 

29-Dec-2010 15:55, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.04 sec

29-Dec-2010 15:56, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.04 sec

Que no hi ha prou lloc!

Que no hi ha prou lloc!01-Jan-2011 10:06, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.8, 22.0mm, 0.05 sec

29-Dec-2010 10:28, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.8, 35.0mm, 0.017 sec

Mena de bicing a Taipei (només aprop del 101 però)

Mena de bicing a Taipei (només aprop del 101 però)29-Dec-2010 10:29, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.2, 30.0mm, 0.04 sec

29-Dec-2010 11:02, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.2, 30.0mm, 0.5 sec

Damper babies!

Damper babies!29-Dec-2010 11:32, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.0, 18.0mm, 0.017 sec

29-Dec-2010 11:35, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.5 sec

 
Esperant el pollastre fregit a Shilin Night Market

Esperant el pollastre fregit a Shilin Night Market29-Dec-2010 13:20, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.8, 38.0mm, 0.033 sec

La Boqueria

La Boqueria29-Dec-2010 13:41, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 48.0mm, 0.008 sec

 

In addition they arranged to get out of the city and visit the east coast, Hualien and Taroko Gorge… where we have not yet been! (that happens when you are not a tourist but a resident). It was low season (winter and weekdays) so they were almost alone in the little Taroko paradise (being alone is difficult in a island with 23 million inhabitants). They could taste how friendly Taiwanese people are when they had to do hitch-hiking in order not to lose the train back to Taipei. Mar and Carles also spent 3 days at Hong Kong so they could compare both cities.

30-Dec-2010 02:07, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.033 sec

30-Dec-2010 04:35, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 10.0, 18.0mm, 0.003 sec

Al shuttle bus

Al shuttle bus31-Dec-2010 06:27, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 18.0mm, 0.01 sec

Killer bees! (abelles assesines!)

Killer bees! (abelles assesines!)30-Dec-2010 05:32, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 18.0mm, 0.008 sec

30-Dec-2010 05:33, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.5, 18.0mm, 0.013 sec

30-Dec-2010 06:16, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.5, 18.0mm, 0.013 sec

30-Dec-2010 06:18, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.013 sec

30-Dec-2010 06:21, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 19.0mm, 0.01 sec

 
Està clar oi?

Està clar oi?31-Dec-2010 05:04, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 8.0, 18.0mm, 0.004 sec

30-Dec-2010 06:25, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.017 sec

30-Dec-2010 07:20, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.01 sec

31-Dec-2010 04:14, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 26.0mm, 0.01 sec

31-Dec-2010 05:25, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 18.0mm, 0.01 sec

31-Dec-2010 06:12, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 55.0mm, 0.033 sec

31-Dec-2010 07:53, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 30.0mm, 0.01 sec

Fent autostop per no perdre el tren de tornada

Fent autostop per no perdre el tren de tornada31-Dec-2010 08:51, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 18.0mm, 0.01 sec

 
Dinar al 7/11

Dinar al 7/1131-Dec-2010 10:01, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.017 sec

Hong Kong a vista d'ocell

Hong Kong a vista d'ocell06-Jan-2011 10:14, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 7.1, 18.0mm, 0.005 sec

 

On New Year’s Eve we had a very original idea and went to see the fireworks at Taipei 101 (only 800,000 people had the same idea). This year was special as Taiwan celebrates the 100 years of the foundation of the Republic Of China (R.O.C.) and spent more than 60 milions TWD (a little bit more than 2 millions USD) for 33.000 fireworks that lasted 288 seconds. Nina suggested that we could do the same at Barcelona with the Sagrada Família :)

31-Dec-2010 15:16, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.017 sec

Aquí!

Aquí!31-Dec-2010 15:57, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.6, 50.0mm, 0.017 sec

31-Dec-2010 15:57, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.017 sec

31-Dec-2010 16:29, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.25 sec

31-Dec-2010 16:30, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.0, 24.0mm, 0.25 sec

31-Dec-2010 16:32, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.8, 23.0mm, 0.25 sec

La birra que no falti (a Taipei no venen birra pel carrer!)

La birra que no falti (a Taipei no venen birra pel carrer!)31-Dec-2010 16:51, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 19.0mm, 0.017 sec

Espasa de llum

Espasa de llum31-Dec-2010 17:06, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 40.0mm, 0.017 sec

 
Autofoto de Nina amb el raïm

Autofoto de Nina amb el raïm31-Dec-2010 17:10, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.017 sec

El raïm no pot faltar

El raïm no pot faltar31-Dec-2010 17:17, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 3.5, 18.0mm, 0.25 sec

Ooooohhhh! Aaaaahhhh!

Ooooohhhh! Aaaaahhhh!31-Dec-2010 17:18, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.0, 24.0mm, 0.5 sec

31-Dec-2010 17:19, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 5.0, 38.0mm, 0.125 sec

31-Dec-2010 17:20, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.2, 30.0mm, 0.077 sec

R.O.C. 100

R.O.C. 10031-Dec-2010 17:25, NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D50, 4.5, 31.0mm, 0.167 sec

 

In addition on January 1st, at around 5 in the morning, there is the flag-raising event and a speech of the president. Obviously at this time of the day we were sleeping.

Although malls and shops try to create a Xmas feeling it does not work at all and we did not feel Xmas during these days. Neither holidays (just regular work) nor big meals with the family… but a Skype sesion with the families was arranged on the 25th.

Anna’s family

Albert’s family

According to the Lunar Calendar the New Year will be at the beginning of February, but it is easy to spot here and there the animal for next year: the Rabbit.

At Manila zoo

You can enjoy this and other pictures of New Year’s Eve on this gallery

4 Comments

    Tothom m’havia dit que Taipei era tant lleig! Però resulta que ens ha agradat i ens ho hem passat pipa! Aquests taiwanesos m’han semblat els catalans de la Xina. Treballadors, respectuosos i oberts al món. Guapo! Gràciess!
    També ens ha agradat visitar un país que no és turístic.De fet el poc turisme que hi havia era oriental. Ens vem quedar al.lucinats amb el Taroko Gorge, un parc nacional molt ben cuidat, ben indicat i amb bus gratis per visitar-lo!
    Hem al.lucinat amb el xinès que parla l’Anna, barallant-se amb els taxistes i fent-nos de traductora a restaurants i botigues. Vaya crackillo!
    I l’Albert que ens ha fet tastar tot el menjar que fan a les seves paradetes preferides i els gelats aquests tant originals.
    Bueno, i més coses però ja m’he cansat d’escriure. El jet lag m’està matant i demà toca tornar a treballar grrrrr
    petons sister i Albert, hem estat molt a gust a casa vostra i voltant per xinolandia!

  • Hola noies :
    La tieta i la Teresa M hem estat veient les vostres fotos i comentaris.
    Quia sort poder viure un temps a Taiwan i aprendre xinès !!
    I quina oportunitat d’anar-hi i conèixer món…

    Ens alegrem que us hagi anat tot tan bé !!
    Petons,

    Teresa M

  • A veure si els astres es configuren de forma positiva, i algun dia us podem fer una visita nosaltres (abans de que deixeu la Xina) :)

    M’alegra veure que dins del que cap, rebeu moltes visites :D

  • holaaaaa!!

    Moltes gràcies parella per aquest dies tant guayyys que hem tingut a Taipie. Haig de confessar que aquest segon viatge a Taiwan no té res a veure amb el primer!!! Ara, no es el mateix viatjar per feina q per vacances…, Al cas! que motivo a familiar i amics a fer un “saltet” cap aquesta illa estupendissssssima ara que l’estiu cada cop està més proper!! Al ser un destí gens turístic, la sensació de no trobar occidentals per arreu es del tot especial.Hi ha moltes coses a fer i desde aquí recomano altament visitar el park Taroko Gorge National park….OOohhhhhooHHH!!! Ha estat fantàstic poder-ho visitar i fer ruta amb tren, bus, vistes… caminades… i, clar ..i després us podeu relaxar en aquest hotelet… http://www.silksplace-taroko.com.tw … ppfff!! Alguns Hot Springs, visites i bla bla bla..Ah! aprofiteu pq son molt bons guíes i tenen un loft de luxe a la zona pija de taipei!..jejeje…si aneu, feu-ho a partir de la primavera, podreu gaudir de l’aire acondicionat, pq a l’hivern ….ejem ejem… pinguinos around..(ja ens entenem, eh?) ….

    Fins aviat!

    PD: cuideu de les meves mujis i la camiseta com si fosin vostress….eh??