Good food. Friendly taxi drivers and people. Never sleeping night markets. And a constant buzz of liveliness is how i'd describe Taiwan. This time we went to the mountains (Ali-Shan) which is a pretty bad idea considering that the only shoes i brought along with me were my converse sneakers (frost bite on your toes is exceedingly painful) which, granted, did not provide me protection from the cold (-3 degrees celsius!), aside from getting the flu and lying in bed like a vegetable for 4 days and not knowing how to ride a bike which resulted in constant complaining from my brother, i couldn't think of a better way of spending my summer vacation.