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Bye-Bye Korea, Hello Canada

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

This is our final Travel Photo Thursday from Korea, where it all started back in 2009. This time next week Indy and I will be in Vancouver, Canada visiting friends for a couple of weeks, and then it will be on to Nova Scotia where we plan on putting down a few roots (at least for a while). Welcome to week 339 (8/3/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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Since finishing the semester it’s been daily trips to the post office sending stuff home and to the garbage throwing stuff away. Add in trying to sell and give away everything else that isn’t nailed down. I really thought I was living a minimalistic lifestyle, but now I know that was pure delusion on my part. Sixteen boxes layer, averaging 10 – 15 kilo each, and major culling along the way, my minimalistic lifestyle has been pure fantasy!

 

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Sanzhi, Taiwan: Taiwan’s Beautiful North Coast City District

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Destinations, Guest Posts, Sanzhi, Small Town Explorer | 1 comment

Sanzhi, Taiwan

Sanzhi, Taiwan’s Beautiful North Coast City District, written by my friend and fellow travel blogger Joy Harmon, is the second small town expose in the series  Small Town Explorer.  The villages and towns we visit in our travels are often the hidden gems of a country or region. Readers will be introduced to small centers around the globe, featuring their uniqueness, their history, what to see and do, and where to stay and where to dine. Come along as Joy introduces us to the charms of Sanzhi, Taiwan.

If you missed the first post in the Small Town Explore series you can find it here.

Get on the bus! Come on! Get off the Metro here. This is Danshui the last Metro stop on the north end of this island country. Turn right out the gate, run, run down to the bus line and get on next bus going along the north coast route.  Just in time! Now you can relax and enjoy the scenery. As you leave Danshui and head northeast along the coast, entering the Sanzhi district, the landscape becomes gradually more rugged. The town itself is some miles away, but you’ll know you’re in the Sanzhi district when you can see the ocean.

At first, everything looks abandoned, There’s an old American country western bar that just didn’t make the grade on the right, but it’s funny to see that cowboy sign in Taiwan. And just past there is my favorite, a chicken restaurant that has the ducks in the side yard. I’ve never seen a live chicken there!

We’re getting closer to the ocean, it’s just around this last turn and down hill. Why is the traffic so slow? It looks like there is nothing much here. It’s a weekend or a holiday and cars are lined up at least a quarter mile from the first seaside restaurant. What’s so special about this place? It is the first restaurant on the beach side of the highway, Sugar Villa. It’s Italian food and it’s good, but that’s not it. It is the special ambiance. Let’s get off and see! The restaurant, itself spreads out along the beach side with wide glass doors and windows facing the shore. The deck extends out over the sand on both sides and every table, both inside and out has a full view of the sea. There is a nice beach with a launch for the jet skis for rent. So, you can play hard and eat much. Or you can just sit back and enjoy watching the water sports. To top it off, the service is always prompt and friendly.

Taiwan dating tip: This spot is a popular getaway for Taipei residents on weekend afternoons. But it’s equally popular in the evening. One evening when I was here with a Taiwanese friend, we watched while a small group of young guys set up candles on the beach.

Sanzhi, Taiwan

A romantic evening near Qianshuiwan Beach Park

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Seoul’s Poop Cafe

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Poop Cafe

This week we’re heading to Seoul’s Poop Cafe (also known as Ddo-dong Cafe). Yes, you read that right. Believe it or not, Seoul is not the only city with a poop themed cafe. Canada’s largest city, Toronto, also boasts this dubious distinction. However, the Seoul Poop Cafe, which opened in 2015 is the original. Welcome to week 338 (7/27/2017) of Travel Photo Thursday.

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The cafe is located on the top floor of  Insadong’s Ssamzie-Gil Building, which is about a three-minute walk from the Anguk Subway Station. Come out exit 6, head straight and you’ll see the Information Center. Hang a left and you are on Insadong’s main drag. Walk 1-minute and you’ll see the SSamzie-Gil Building on the left. The mall is full of cute shops, so it may take you a while to get to the Poop Cafe, should you decide to browse along the way. You can build up a thirst along the way!

Seoul's Poop Cafe

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