My wife, boy, mother and I have been back in Taipei for 3 days now and we are absolutely loving it. We did a trip up to Danshui and visited some friends who live in one of the new developments, and then went to the beach (in the rain!)- it was great. We really like how Danshui has grown and the urban living within close proximity to both nature and Taipei City proper.
We even survived a pretty bad pollution day the day before, which wasn’t all that different than the smoke we have been dealing with in Canada during the summer lately ( we probably had only 4 weeks of clean air last summer).
It has been mostly catching up with old friends and reaquainting ourselves with Taipei. We realized how much we like Taipei, the artsy vibe with lots of stuff always going on, all pretty close to nature, day trip wise.
It has definitely made us all think very seriously of my “early retirement” at 50 ( 5 years from now) when I can take my pension. I see how easy it would be to work a few hours for a visa, work towards an APRC for five years, and have my pension and our savings to pad what I make until CPP and OAS ( the 2 Canadian government sponsored pensions) kick in at 60 and 65 respectively.
And thanks everyone for the restaurant tips. We have been able to go to some of them so far, we will see how many we can get by tomorrow night. Overall enjoying our visit to Taiwan!!