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  • - [William] We're going on another adventure.

  • - [Woman] And you're good to go.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - So we made it on.

  • Didn't expect to be catching a flight

  • from Toronto to Vancouver but,

  • you know, due to some mix-up,

  • we kinda got things worked out.

  • But travel's serendipitous like that.

  • You never know what's gonna happen.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Don't get me wrong, I'm super excited

  • but I am just really really tired right now.

  • 12 more hours to go

  • and then we land in Taipei and hit the ground running.

  • Free tea?

  • We're doin' it!

  • (upbeat music)

  • In December, we had the opportunity

  • to travel to Taiwan with my wife, Chantelle.

  • We explored the country from top to bottom.

  • We learned about something called Taiwanese "Re Qing"

  • and came out of it with that much more of an appreciation

  • for the people, the culture,

  • the landscapes and very full and satisfied tummies.

  • I don't know if we pushed ourselves to the limit

  • as much as we have on this trip,

  • but that's kind of what travel is all about.

  • This was one awesome trip that I'll never forget.

  • (static buzzing)

  • Last time I only stayed here a couple days

  • but didn't give Taiwan the attention it deserved.

  • Only stayed in Taipei,

  • got hit with the typhoon,

  • didn't really get to see a whole lot.

  • So this time, I'm back.

  • I'm going to live like a local in Taiwan

  • and truly see Taiwan for everything that

  • most people don't really know about.

  • Hey, they said it.

  • It's Time for Taiwan.

  • Well, it's an early start.

  • I got my bags

  • and I guess we're heading out.

  • Looks like who it is.

  • We're on the cab, we got picked up by Kevin of Avis

  • and there's wifi on board.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Let's check it out.

  • Looks like you need to put this in.

  • And we have light.

  • Hello, lights?

  • (button clacking)

  • Lights on.

  • Maybe.

  • Okay, I can't figure it out.

  • It's right here, this is how you turn it on,

  • not on the inside.

  • There are more lights here.

  • I don't know what they do.

  • (water running)

  • (razor buzzing)

  • (yawning)

  • All right, so just

  • back from a bit of a nap.

  • I feel like a bit more like a normal person.

  • I'm still exhausted.

  • So, gonna check out a few food places today.

  • Not sure what it's gonna bring me

  • but I got a few recommendations.

  • Tummy's growlin'.

  • Thank goodness for pocket wifi.

  • Hey, 7-Eleven.

  • Yes, the tea egg.

  • Whoa, so many different EasyCards.

  • The only character I recognize from here

  • is Bad Badtz-Maru.

  • Now I didn't know it at the time,

  • but I actually bought the wrong card.

  • It wasn't an EasyCard.

  • It was something called an icash 2.0.

  • Okay, that was a slight detour.

  • Oh, so right across the street over there

  • is the original Din Tai Fung.

  • I've been there before.

  • There's quite a bit of a line.

  • I'm not gonna go this time,

  • but this definitely brings back memories.

  • I gotta say the weather here feels amazing.

  • It's not humid here at all.

  • It's overcast, so not sunny.

  • (horn beeping)

  • Think we're down this street.

  • Oh shit, I guess I'm here.

  • Check out the line.

  • Hopefully this line isn't too long,

  • but I guess I made it here for the wait.

  • (speaking in Mandarin)

  • We got a couple things right here

  • that I want to try out,

  • so the first thing is

  • we got the non-spicy version of

  • the beef noodles.

  • This is good.

  • This is good stuff, man, look at that.

  • So I don't know how I'm gonna top this but,

  • I'm probably gonna have more

  • throughout this whole trip.

  • We've got these pork ribs

  • in a bit of spicy rice.

  • Hopefully I'll be okay

  • but man, this looks delicious.

  • That's some good pork rib.

  • I can't even read the signs here.

  • It's all in Chinese but I just told them what I wanted.

  • I wanted beef noodles,

  • I wanted this

  • and that was it, so that's kinda how it goes.

  • A little thirsty now,

  • so I think it's time for a drink.

  • (upbeat music)

  • (speaking in a foreign language)

  • I dedicate today to food.

  • So we're on the famous Yong Kang Street right now.

  • On to more food.

  • Guys, made it to Smoothie House.

  • So many choices.

  • I got this behemoth right here.

  • I don't know how I'm gonna finish this by myself.

  • We got, guys, we got like mango, shave ice,

  • panna cotta, this is good.

  • This is not like

  • your Icee back home.

  • It's something different.

  • I'd almost call it a shaved snow.

  • It kinda just melts in your mouth.

  • Brain freeze.

  • I mean, so I'd totally eat more,

  • but I am so full right now.

  • Wish I had two stomachs though.

  • (bell dinging)

  • That would be really good.

  • Last time I was here, they used token.

  • What?

  • No token?

  • So what you notice here in Taiwan

  • is just how clean the subways are,

  • whether it's on the platform or on the train.

  • Big difference.

  • So, in a turn of events,

  • it's a bit rainy right now,

  • but we're at the start of the trail of the Xiangshan climb,

  • which is where you get those views of Taipei 101.

  • So we're gonna attempt it, see what we get,

  • and hopefully the rain doesn't come down on us.

  • Now this is the vertical climb

  • that you're facing.

  • (exhales) You see this?

  • You see this, this is bonusfide sweat.

  • Ooh, it's hot.

  • Well guys, this is what we came for.

  • And eventually,

  • guys, I made it to the top.

  • All right, so behind me, we've got the six giant rocks.

  • We've got a ton of people lining up

  • for those epic views of Taipei 101 from Elephant Mountain

  • and let me tell you, it was definitely worth the climb.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Oh shit, think I pushed it too hard on the stairs.

  • So I'm like literally stuck here.

  • Can't move (groans).

  • Crap.

  • That was a bit of a scary moment.

  • Legs totally spazzed out.

  • The knee basically locks down and

  • you can't move.

  • It's just locking on to your legs.

  • Man, had to sit down for a bit.

  • I'm on the