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TAIPEI, TAIWAN
DAY 2 BEITOU HOT SPRINGS, XIMENDING

In an hour, we are scheduled to meet up with a long time friend, our grade school classmate, Diorella. We passed by shops after shops of clothes, food, beauty products and souvenier items as we walked towards Starbucks. It was a crowded entrance to Starbucks as the ground floor is really small but you’d be surprised to find that the second and third floors were huge! We were lucky to find seats right away. At the very top level of Starbucks you will find an art gallery.

Last time we were all together was back in grade school. There were so much to talk about. I really admire how our friend Diorella has become. Volunteering is a tough job and she does everything out of love. Thanks for spending time with us, Diorella!

What we ordered at Starbucks: blueberry cheesecake, chocolate crepe cake, green tea latte and caramel latte

It was already dark when we said goodbyes. We squeezed in some shopping before having dinner. A quick look at Ximending at night.

One of the most famous eateries in Ximending is Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle. Thin flour noodles cooked in a thick flavorful soup. The soup tastes like fish and meat combined, the flour noodles are so soft you won’t feel much of a bite. The bite comes from bits of pig intestines that come together with the soup.

There are only two choices when ordering in this restaurant. Big or small?Condiments on the side. There are no seats in this restaurant, everything is take-away.

Today is a relaxing day. First the hot springs, then the buffet, then meeting up with a grade school friend and then some shopping. Time to rest, full day up ahead tomorrow.

Spa time before sleeping. Good night everyone!

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