Last weekend we has a collision of visitors. First, Dominica arrived on Saturday afternoon.
We spent the rest of the day showing her our neighborhood and later out for a bike ride to pick up our fav Vietnamese food court meal.
In the morning we took her to our local wet market and sampled some classic Taiwanese breakfast street food.
While Luke drove to the airport to pick-up our other visitor – his Uni friend Sebastian – we went with Minnie to get a glorious Taiwanese hair wash.
And then Sebastian was here! First stop: bubble tea.
It was completely random timing that these two came to visit us at the exact same time. Both coming from New Zealand, and both on their way to European holidays.
Their first day together they tried an American export to Taiwan, Krispy Kreme donuts, and then onto the famous Din Tai Fung for xiao long bao.
With full bellies, we headed on the MRT to CKS Memorial.
It was hot out so we made our way into the memorial museum to cool off.
We watched the changing of the guards, too.
Then after dropping Jude off back home with the babysitter, we headed out to Tianmu to watch a Taipei Brothers Elephants play ball.
The Elephants won after one of the players hit a home run, it was pretty exciting.
The next day, after a Taiwanese breakfast, we made our way out to Longshan Temple.
Then onto Ice Monster for their famous Mango Ice. We also tried their Bubble Tea Ice and Hot Black Sesame.
For dinner we took Sebastian and Min to A Cai to try out some of our favorite Taiwanese dishes. The deep-fried fish eyeballs were surprisingly big hit.
After dinner, Ximending, to check out the bright lights and eat ice cream.
The next morning we were all up bright and early. Jude and I stayed home while the others walked up Elephant Mountain.
In the afternoon we headed to Maokong to our favorite tea house.
Jude happily went and sat with a Taiwanese family who fed him snacks while we waited for our tea.
That night we went to a Japanese Yakiniku place called Dawan for dinner. It was a delicious BBQed meat feast.
On their last day we took them to our favorite American breakfast place, ‘The Diner’.
And then it was time to say goodbye to Aunt Dominica.
Sebastian’s flight wasn’t until late at night so we spent the afternoon hanging out at a waterpark.
They had great big slides (which sadly, being pregnant, I couldn’t ride).
And a lazy river which we all floated around.
Jude loved it.
And then it was time to say ‘bye-bye’ to Sebastian.
It was such an awesome few days and hope to see them both again one day in Taipei.