the things you'll see on a typical stroll through taipei. specifically, "old" taipei, the west side. taipei has a subtle split between east and west. the east is new, clean, department stores, shiny, sparkly, etc. it's fun. and of course i love it. the west side is well... older. some might say it's dirty and smells bad. but i love it because it has more culture. here is where you can see the non-western world style of doing things. i love all of taipei, but I especially love this part. (of course I am biased because my grandmother lives here and this is where I stay when I come visit. and i am already used to sparkling clean america, so the newer parts of Taiwan don't make a huge impression on me.)
just some random shots from a beautiful day in december!
ribbons stacked in the window of a ribbon store. love love love. can't get enough of it.
what a stuffed mailbox looks like.
sorry, i can't resist the ribbons. spools of textile goodness = weakness.
i can only hope my posture is this good!
i love how playful the old people in taiwan are!
taiwan has graffiti too. pretty sky bue graffiti!
how a typical family gets around. i've seen up to 5 people on a moped: mom(sitting)-kid(in mom's arms)-dad(driving)-kid(standing in front)-kid(standing in front).
food stalls on the street. DELICIOUS. always. taiwan is a snacking culture, walking and eating is an integral part of life.
a typical lunch/breakfast place just crammed with all sorts of goodness.
bread tongs at the bakery. my absolute favorite thing. you grab a tray, and you grab the breads you want. no restricive health codes like the US! You actually get to interact with the food before you buy it!
a happy moped rider. check out her sweet handle covers.