I’m in Taipei! 1st Real International Solo Vacay

I forgot I wasn’t going to have a computer to type a blog post but that won’t stop me!

Today started off well. Woke up early to go to Immigrations, waited 30 minutes, got my card and got more than 1 year for my visa. Granted I requested 5 years but another 3-year visa is great news to me. I tried to figure out how they decide this but I’ve grown tired of that guessing game. Just when I think I figured it out a fellow foreigner tells me their experience that throws off the whole pattern I thought was occuring. It’s complicated and by no means do I want to bore you with my thought process on that one.


After Immigrations, I went back home to finish the last minute packing of last night. I think I did well. I only forgot my black soap for my face, but I can live without it for a few days.

I left my apartment at 2pm and got to the Kansai International airport in about an hour. I was actually 3 minutes early for check-in.

Skipping all the boring stuff, I got to Taiwan safely but my journey to my hostel was a bit weird for me. From the airport to Taipei Station by bus was fine but trying to figure out where to buy tickets to the the next station for my hostel was hard. Even though I can recognize Chinese characters from knowing Japanese, it’s still very different when in Chinese. There is a lot of English under the Chinese on the signs but it was confusing still. I did ask someone but was in a weird space of wanting to ask in Japanese. Kept saying ‘hai’ as well. I eventually found the right ticket machines but waited until I could see someone use it for me to buy mine. I didn’t really want to bug and ask anyone unless it was really necessary. Got to the next station and stressed out. The taxi stand was closed and I couldn’t find the next station that goes to my hostel because no wifi. Went above ground to get a taxi… I’m on the wrong side to get one. I shouted to the universe ‘please send me a taxi!’ Seconds later an empty taxi across the street appeared and I had the green light to cross. Thank you universe.

So I made it in time. The staff at my hostel so far are really nice. Found out the front desk has someone for 24 hours. Breakfast is from 7:30am to 10am…free! That was one of the reasons why I chose this hostel actually.

Anyway, because it’s late, I haven’t had the chance to explore the hostel. I’m tired and will rest right after I post this. I will explore and get lost in the city tomorrow. Pictures to come!


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6+ years as a Black expat living in Osaka, Japan.

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