Irish lens of Taiwan: September 2016-March 2017 March 24, 2017August 8, 2017 by Tomás Swinburne One my way to the Speakeasy in Taipei for Saint Patrick’s Day Barmen at the Carnegie’s Had some balloons and banners up Pity U2 is on the wall though Good thing they had these on the wall though A pint Paddy Losty would be proud of This is a sign of good fortune in Taipei Art that smelled like Irish Summer No, not PJ’s, it is a suit made from a carrier bag Spirit of the Forest I guess? I kept making weird faces and the guy never turned around Didn’t order anything, just fell asleep, not awkward at all A revolver, great place for a pint and some half-assed Banksy If only Cant be Taiwan without some Pokemon Falun Gong doing the YMCA in Ximen Fair play to you lads Amazing street art in Taipei’s Cinema Park Not street art, just an old warning about bike thieves Riverside is worth a cycle You can get drunk off a few of these Ah Revolver, I love you Ah now stop Revolver, love you even more Falun Gong in front of Taipei 101 to meet Chinese tourists That will scare them off Yep, they promptly walked away Government knows this will lead to less tourists from China coming, but they allow the freedom to protest. Kissing a can of Guinness at Keelung Jiufen’s 茶樓 Eh, what? Had a 91-year old show me around the area near Jiufen and brought me to a place where British POW’s were forced to work in goldmines. He told me about his memories of seeing British soldiers carrying their dead. For someone who went through so much, he was able to be happy. After the war, he went to Japan and became a doctor and now resides in Keelung and visits Jiufen now and again. Despite being 91, he still smokes like a chimney. Wouldn’t even buy it if it was free Heaven for an Irishman in Taipei It’s a beautiful place There are stray dogs on campus. They are taken care of by the students and are extremely friendly. They are not feral and add character to the campus. Rate this:Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Tags: Asia Blog Culture History irish jiufen Society & History Taipei Taiwan: Culture Travel Tomás Swinburne Related Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.