No Christmas Market this year

I have seriously underestimated the Taiwanese people’s love for Christmas. For the first time this year, Europe’s Christmas market will be coming to Taipei and I was stupid enough to miss the deadline to get pre-order tickets online. But I thought: “Well, I’ll just line up for tickets instead. How bad can it be?”

Oh, it was bad.


This was the line-up, or should I say, part of the line-up. Tickets went on sale at 12pm and I arrived at 12:10pm to this scene. There’s a limit of 500 tickets today, but there were at least 2000 people lining up so a lot of people will be going home empty-handed. The earliest people lined up before 9am.

It’s obvious that I’ll only be enjoying the Christmas market from afar this year!


Danshui + Shilin Night Market with Guigui

Today my cousin-in-law Guigui came up to Taipei from Taoyuan to hang out with me for the day. First we browsed the shops in the Taipei Main Station underground mall, had lunch (I had a beef kimchi don that had a lot of rice and very little beef and kimchi, but I can’t complain because it was only 100NTD = 3.33CAD), then headed to Danshui for more shopping and street food.

It was a beautiful day today, so Danshui was packed with people. Guigui got a non-permanent tattoo drawn on her hand, and we had ice-cream and bubble tea, and walked around the old street. A Japanese man in his 50s came up to us at one point and took pictures with us, because apparently he was collecting the photos of 100,000 girls, and so far he already has over 10,000 (taken over the period of 13 years!)… He even showed us a couple of photo albums! It was an interesting experience. I guess hobbies really can be anything; to each their own!


Our last stop of the day was to Shilin night market for dinner and more shopping. I got one of favourite dishes: oyster pancake. It’s too bad that the best things in Taiwan cannot be mailed! You guys will just have to visit in person!


My feet are so sore now, so I think it’s time that I got some much needed rest. A holiday from work is simply awesome! It’s going to be another fun day tomorrow. :)