Taipei On A Rainy Day

A parking tower on Fuxing N. Rd near Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station (忠孝復興捷運站) I like the contrast between the eerie sky, the ruddy brown of the wall and the cleanliness of the parking tower. Part of the Down Fuxing North Road Series.

We went to Taipei today to do some errands.

We arrived in the city at about 1:30PM. We quickly stopped at EVA Air to get a refund on some tickets, which we will get in two weeks. I love that service, but I found it strange that it would take two weeks. Whatever.

It was raining on and off the whole day. It almost got as bad as on Saturday night, but the it relented. On my way home at 10PM, the rain had stopped.

I was amused by the video playing on the 50″ plasma screen: the way that they turned one of their planes into a Hello Kitty plane.

After that, we went to the Taipei branch of our old adult language school and got our last paychecks.

We had some lunch at Dante Coffee. It was surprisingly edible and tasty. I had the BBQ ribs, a small salad, soup and some black milk tea.

After that, we went into Nova to get a printer, so that we could print out all of our documents at home. We got ourselves an HP-LJ1020 for 150CAN$. On top of that, we got a second laser jet ink cartridge, of a value of 2050NTD, which actually makes a lot of sense.

Then I had to carry the printer, while I put my wife on the bus back to Hsinchuang (新莊市). She took the printer, because I was teaching in Taipei. We both had noticed adventure gear stores near Taipei Main Station. After my wife left for home and work, I took a stroll to find that street again. I have pretty good geographical and cartographic memory, meaning that normally when I see something or have been somewhere, I can usually find my way back to it.

It took only a few minutes for me to find it again.

And I found about 8 stores, all lined up with adventure gear. I didn’t find Berghaus or Craghoppers gear (both British companies produce clothes that have SPF 50 and insect repellent), but I did find Arc’teryx gear, which I really like. I saw one Naos 45 backpack (15000NTD) and a whole lot of Bora backpacks, from 45 to 95.

I found the Osprey Atmos 35 backpack that I got for cheap almost brand new, for sale for 6000NTD.

I actually took the time to try out the Naos 45, but the color was a bit too much; jasper red, I believe.

The next store had a wall full of Arc’teryx clothing. I found pretty much everything but the Alpha SV Jacket. I wasn’t really counting on finding Arc’teryx here in Taiwan, but you live and learn. I was actually surprised not to find the Berghaus gear. But I found a lot of OR, Cloudveil, Marmot, and Patagonia. Some of the shops had some heavy discounts because it was the end of the winter season. The adventure clothes are pretty cheap, about the same price as in Canada and the US. I say cheap, because most of the time there is a 50% surcharge in Taiwan for certain types of gear. It’s not always cheaper.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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