June 22, 2015
FLO Cycling - Taiwan 2015
It’s hard to believe that I just returned from my fourth trip to Taiwan. Landing in Taiwan brought a sense of excitement. What four years ago was foreign in every sense of the word, now provides feelings of familiarity and comfort. I look forward to this trip each year. It’s great to check on production and visit the friends we’ve made over the years of doing business together.
If you’ve ever flown overseas you know that long flights can get old pretty quickly. We’ve always flown economy with China Airlines. Each year we’ve looked into business and first class tickets but they are about $6,000 and $10,000 respectively per ticket. Comparing this to $1,200 for economy, it’s not an easy trigger to pull. However, this year we found out that United has an option called Economy Comfort that adds about $300-$400 per ticket. You get more leg room, more recline, and you can pick your seat. This was a no-brainer.
Out and About
We stayed at a new hotel this year. La Vida was recently renovated and was really nice. Their rates are also ridiculously low. We ended up each getting a room. While I don't mind sharing a room with my brother, when one of you is wide awake and the other wants to sleep due to jet lag, your own room is a nice option.
It's always cool to walk through the streets of Taiwan. It never ceases to amaze me. Here are a few shots of our exploration.
|Streets of Taiwan|
|A very large, very expensive, domesticated jungle cat hybrid.|
|Someone trying to share my lunch.|
Each year we try and take a day or two and explore. This year we headed back to Kenting, Taiwan. The beach is always a good option.
We stayed in an old army barracks that was converted to a hotel. It was actually really cool. They had a very unique decor. The lights in the lobby were old surgery room lights, which I thought this was a pretty cool idea.
|The hotel had two dogs. I assumed they'd be nice, but the little bugger in this picture bit me.|
We visited two beaches. One was a popular surf beach with jellyfish. Nice beach, but swimming was out of the question. This year we were smart enough to ask about jellyfish since Chris got stung the last time we were here. The second beach was White Sand Beach with amazing swimming.
|This dog did not bite me. Haha.|
Over the years, we gotten pretty good at finding stuff we like to eat. I love my fix of Taiwanese food but for a full week it's a bit much. We found a great buffet in the Top City Mall, and a couple a great Japanese restaurants. This one had a pretty cool salad presentation.
The Best Part of the Whole Trip
While the trip was excellent and there are exciting things in the works, the best part of the whole trip was spotting one of the coolest dogs I've ever seen. Nothing like kicking it on a scooter rocking goggles!