Friday, February 21, 2014

to the market

It has finally stopped raining!

February in northern Taiwan often means long stretches of nasty weather: punishing rain, strong winds and a chill that settles all the way into your bones.

To celebrate the arrival of sunshine + warmth, even if only for the day, we rolled out of bed early, grabbed breakfast at a little coffee joint and then scooted off to the Hsinchu Flower Market.

The market is quintessentially Taiwanese.

Stinky tofu: Check.
Live music: Check.
Arcades: Check.
Fire works: Check.
Huge crowds: Check.

But most importantly, the stand owners are so.nice and so.friendly that it borders on ridiculous. They offer us huge discounts from the marked prices every time we go (and that is often because Sean secretly loves being a plant daddy) and are genuinely happy to play charades with us to educate us on how to care for our newly acquired plants.

This makes the flower market one of our regular weekend haunts, especially on a rare sunny Saturday!









What about you? Do you have a favorite weekend spot? 

10 comments

  1. What a beautiful place to visit. I'd go there all the time too if I could.

    We just moved to Tanzania in December so we're still finding a weekend spot but we have found somewhere for English breakfasts that we've visited a few times. During the week, I found a little cafe in a really nice bookshop and I can see that becoming a weekend haunt. You need one, don't you?

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    1. I think finding those restaurants is one of the most important things to nail down after moving abroad! We have about five restaurants we head to when we need a taste of home!

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  2. Wow! All of the plants are stunning! I am about to head to the market this weekend too....the weather is amazing for a change :)

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    1. It's such a needed change, isn't it? But then it is so.hard to go to work when you see the sun shining after a long spell of bad weather. It's always the best when it happens on a weekend!

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  3. These photos are so beautiful! All the plants are so bright and colourful! I don't really have a favourite weekend spot because there are so many events going on in Kyoto that I tend to do something different every weekend!

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    1. You're lucky to live in a city with so much going on! Hsinchu is a little quiet but luckily Taipei is just 40 minutes away via high speed train!

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    1. Thank you! My new Canon EOS M is wonderful + so easy to use!

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  5. I want to go to there. How I would love to live in a climate where orchids are happy!! Glad you're having a sunny Sunday--sounds like February there is not so different from February here.... LOVE YOU!

    PS to Amy in Tanzania...if you're around Arusha, the Blue Heron was one of my favorite spots for great pizza and a comfy spot outside near the fire.

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    1. The good news is that you CAN go to the flower market... once you come visit us :)

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