We had quite a long ride from Hengchun to Koahsiung. There’s a regular bus who does this route, but we decided to try and hitchhike instead. We wrote our sign and stood at the edge of the road, on the highway out of Hengchun. We didn’t have much luck at first, with one driver rudely asking us for 1000 Taiwanese Dollars to take us there. Obviously we refused! Luckily, we didn’t have to wait for too long before a van with two couples (and 1 baby) picked us up and agreed to drive us. They were really nice people who also bought us drinks along the way 🙂
Kaohsiung was the city from which we were supposed to leave Taiwan, and we had originally planned to spend just one night here. But after some research, we decided that there were quite some sights to see, and so we ended up staying for two nights. We found a host using couchsurfing, who offered us a sofa in her living room. Our couchsurfer, Joanne, and her friend took us to a night market for our first night. The market was really lively, with lots of food and some delicious ice cream which we couldn’t resist. There were also some fun classical games, and we both tried different challenges, with no luck 🙁
The next morning, Joanne (and a different friend) took us to Lotus Pond, which is one of the main highlights in Koahsiung. This place is famous for the many temples which surround the lake. We had a fun morning, but then Joanne and her friend had to leave us, and we went to the art gallery at the pier. The art here is quite original and might be considered even weird, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Later, we went to the mall as I had to buy new sneakers since I had lost my previous pair in Taipei. Half an hour later, I was the proud owner of a new Nike 🙂
So it was then time for our last dinner in Taiwan. We decided to take our host our for Mexican food since she had never tried it before (and it was a good excuse for us who love this type of food). I took the largest plate of nachos I ever saw, and it was the first time I could not finish the whole plate in one sitting. Obviously I took the food with me take away and later ate it at Joanne’s apartment.
And so our 10 days in Taiwan came to an end! The visit to this country was unexpected, but we are very glad that we managed to visit. We met some great and welcoming people who showed us a good time. Even though it’s a small country, Taiwan offers a lot of variety – the bustling streets of Taipei, the lovely scenery of Sun Moon Lake, the mountains of the East Coast, the beaches of Kenting, etc. Travelling between regions is easy and the country is one of the safest we’ve been to. Arrivederci Taiwan !