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10 Reasons to Visit Taipei

Karla

 

There's more to Taipei than night markets and temples. Of course, these indulgences should always be part of one's itinerary, but also explore Taipei in a different way. 

 

Brew of the Day

 

In a bustling city like Taipei, everyone loves to keep it going. They definitely take their coffee seriously here and it's excellent! Some of my favorite spots are alpha Black, Fika Fika Cafe and Tamed Fox.

 

Brunching

 

Eat at one of many brunch cafes like One Fifteen, Antipodean, SPOT Taipei, and Tamed Fox, where they serve open-faced sandwiches, avocado toasts and acai bowls.

 
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Be Active

 

Elephant Mountain is the most accessible hike in the city.

A little bit outside of the city is Yangmingshan National Park, where you're showered with beautiful nature and hot springs.

 
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Free Exploration

 

Being it an efficient city, it's no surprise that you can get around easily with all the different transportation available. The best way to see the city is by walking or by bicycle. YouBike and the recent launch of oBike has made it easier to freely explore the city.

 

Get Artsy

 

At the creative hub of Huashan Park, there's always something new. With it's ever changing pop-up art installations and events, it will spark a creative nerve. Also nearby, see all the new and popular tech in the world at Guanghua Digital Plaza.

 
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Drink More

 

The heatwave is no joke here, luckily there are bubble tea shops in every corner. Try the oolong milk tea or jasmine milk tea. For more of a refreshing option, try the wintermelon with lemon drink. Check out CoCo, Tea Pa Tea, or Baroness.

 
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Exquisite Dining

 

Taipei has become one of the most sought out cities for fine dining. With RAW restaurant making it on the top of Asia's best restaurants, there's no surprise that other restaurants are keen to exquisite and unique presentation while satisfying your palate as well. MUME restaurant combines nordic influences with taiwanese flavors, and creates well-balanced dishes that keeps people coming for more. 

 
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After Hours

Festivals

Partake in the festivities at Pingxi with their annual Lantern Festival that brings people all over the world. Watch the hundreds of lanterns go up all at once!

Nightlife

Enjoy a night out in town at one of the popular clubs. Weather if electronic music, hip-hop or a mix of both is your jam, Taipei has choices for you. For hip-hop, check out Chess or KOR and OMNI or Myst for electronic music. 

Shrimping

For more of a chill vibe, try shrimping. Enjoy a beer or two and catch those prawns!

Most Breathtaking View in Yellowstone

Karla

 

GRAND CANYON OF YELLOWSTONE

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is the most breathtaking view I've experienced while I was in Yellowstone. The neutral hues of the canyons and mist from the waterfalls during sunrise felt enigmatic. It is located 38mi (61km) from the west entrance. You can also find the longest undammed river in the United States here; The Yellowstone River. 

There are several ways to see the Upper and Lower Falls.
If you're up for it, you can hike the following: 

South Rim Trail
starting point at Uncle Tom's Trail .9mi (1.4km) - map
starting point at Artist Point 1.9mi(3km) - map

Artist Point
1.75mi (2.8km) - map

Uncle Tom's Trail
.7mi (1.1km) - map

 
 

Lookout points also provides a wonderful view of the waterfalls.

Upper Falls - map

Lower Falls - map

Grand View - map

Which every option you choose, you'll be amazed by the beautiful scenery.
I suggest going during sunrise where there's less crowds. 

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
(map)

 

9 Food Spots In Maui

Karla

 

COCONUTS FISH CAFE

With their extensive choices, it will be hard to make a choice from their menu because everything looks delicious. Their tacos are made with 17 ingredients! I recommend the fish tacos - it's zesty and all the flavors mesh well together. If you're really hungry, order the fish and chips. It is cooked perfectly - nice and crisp on the outside and moist inside.

Yelp | Map

 
 

FISH MARKET OF MAUI

Whether you enjoy dining in or out, you'll enjoy the catch of the day. Located in Lahaina; this fish market has the freshest dishes you can have in Maui. They serve a variety of dishes such as; tacos, burgers, poke, sushi rolls, and fresh cut fish. Order the fish tacos and poke - you won't be disappointed!

Yelp | Map

 
 

BRADDAH HUTS BBQ GRILL

Perfect pit stop for lunch after driving the crazy and curvy road to Hana. A food truck with outdoor seating that serves plates of BBQ, ribs, tacos, and pasta. This will satisfy your BBQ cravings, that'll leave you wanting for more. Get here early as they do sell out fairly quickly.

Yelp | Map

 

HANA FARMS

Also on the way to road to Hana, is a local farm where they grow their own produce. Known for their banana bread, I chose to quench my thirst with their amazing drinks. Try the Lilikoi Lemon and Hibiscus.

Yelp | Map

WOW WOW HAWAIIAN LEMONADE

They have the tastiest and refreshing drinks in Maui. The cool mason jars that comes with it is just an added bonus. Try the Lavender and Ginger Pineapple Lemonade or Passion Fruit Lemonade.

Yelp | Map

 

KIHEI CAFFE

You can't leave Maui without trying the banana pancakes or french toast. At this cafe, they serve banana french toast topped with almonds. The Loco Moco is the next best thing. It is probably the best Loco Moco and a hearty one I've had. 

Yelp | Map

 
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FARMERS MARKET

Farmers market is everywhere in Maui. They have amazing locally grown fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price. 

Everywhere in Maui | Map

 
 

FOODLAND

Here you'll find tons of food also at a reasonable price. They have different kind of musubis (i.e. hot dog, spam and chicken katsu). I would come here in the morning to be the first one to grab their freshly made poke and it's cheaper compared to other places around Kihei.

Everywhere in Maui | Map

 
 

MAUI ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

This is the cheapest place to buy a rotisserie chicken plate ($10). Although, it's a little bit difficult tracking them down, but once you do - it is worth the wait! As you watch the chicken being cooked and juices dripping down, you'll be salivating before you can even eat it. The chicken is so moist that you'll definitely want seconds.

Yelp

 

Third Largest Hot Spring in The World

Karla

 

GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING

The largest hot spring in the United States and third largest in the world is here in Yellowstone. It is located in the Midway Geyser Basin, which is 22mi (35km) from the west entrance. The beautiful colors of the spring are so vibrant. It has a temperature of 160°F (70°C) and not as hot as the other hot springs I've seen in Yellowstone. Due to the steam, I was unable to see the striking colors of the spring. I went around sunset time. 

 
 

EXCELSIOR GEYSER POOL

Before it was a hot spring, this was an active geyser that erupted frequently reaching as high as 100ft (30m) up. Due to its inactivity, it is now a hot spring with a temperature of 192°F (88°C). This is one of my favorite hot springs in Yellowstone because of the clear turquoise water. 

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Midway Geyser Basin
Geothermal Spots (Map)

 

Lower Geyser Basin: See all The Hydrothermal Features

Karla

 

Lower Geyser Basin is located about 20mi (32km) from the west entrance of Yellowstone. It has the most thermal features scattered in the area. Here, you'll find mud pots, geysers, pools, hot springs and fumaroles. 

It's an easy walk around the Fountain Paint Pot Trail. There were some areas I was unable to see visibly because of the steam coming from the geothermal spots. 

 
 

SILEX SPRING

The colors of this spring are so vibrant and the most visible compared to the others. It has a temperature of 193°F (89°C). This is one of my favorite hot spring in Yellowstone. 

This place gets crowded and parking can be difficult.
I would recommend putting this as the first places to see in Yellowstone. 

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Lower Geyser Basin
Geothermal Spots (Map)