I can't believe a whole ten years have passed since my first trip to Taiwan. In the summer of 2007, I studied abroad at the National Taichung University where I met Tina, my language ambassador, and long-time friend. It was surprising how familiar Taipei felt and I'm already looking forward to making another trip. 

Taipei is a quick flight from Shanghai and the comparatively relaxed pace, abundance of good food, and surrounding nature makes it worth the trip. Food stalls and bubble tea are everywhere, its hard to have a bad meal in Taipei. Once you've had enough of the city, hot springs are just a metro/bus ride away in the lush green mountains surrounding the capitol.