my homies and i recently got back from a new year's trip in taipei, taiwan. we basically walked around in the rain (but cherished the fact that it was about 30 thousand degrees warmer than seoul), explored some fancy buildings, temples, and night markets, and drank a decent amount of delicious beer.

here are some photos from the first day (and a half) of our adventure:

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

[beef noodle soup]

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

[yune and lauren at revolver, this total hipster bar]

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

[check out these fancy sinks in the food court! come on, america, figure it out.]

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

[taipei 101 was super classy, so obviously we fit right in with our drenched street clothes and pores leaking of booze.]

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

oh, we had an additional member in our travel group this trip! tricia's cousin, brendan, met up with us in taipei.

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

we rallied some middle school taiwanese girls to participate in our brick wall photo shoot.

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

that night out, we went out to a variety of places.

before our outing, though, we tried these things commonly referred to as betel nuts.

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

apparently they give you some kind of caffeine high, but none of us really felt anything.

the first place we went to was a brewery called jolly.

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

then there was hooters taipei ...

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

then, another brewery which i forgot the name of...

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

and lastly, brendan and i found this nice boy, jacob, around our neighborhood, and he showed us a local place to kick it.

taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.
taipei, taiwan, december 2012.

all in all, our first 40ish hours in taipei were pretty rad. the streets smelled of rain, hipsters were everywhere, and bubble tea could be found on about every corner. i'll write about day two later. =]

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