I was lucky enough to meet a german guy in my hostel and invited myself in to their little adventure of finding a hot spring in the middle of nowhere. They had met this american dude who apparently had a map and knew how to get there... Little did we know that it would be trickier to get there. After an hour of trying to find the place, me and another german guy decided to quit and go back to another hot spring, while the other two eventually found that hidden hot spring. My first day in Taipei...
But after the first day, everything started to look up again. I checked in to a cheaper hostel (thank God!) and met some really nice travellers - and also people who LIVED in the hostel? The hell... Anyway. I can recommend the hostel because of the price and location: it was called Happy Taipei. I met an Israeli-American guy called Gal, who wanted to go out and party and I really wanted to dance. Conveniently enough, I met Ashur (the American) with the germans later on and he was also going to a club called Triangle. We danced the night away and the rest is history... I woke up feeling really happy and excited about being in Taiwan and Ashur invited me for brunch with his American expat friends who all teaches english in Taipei.
Hungover, but happy, I went for brunch and it was just like a normal day. It didn't feel like I was traveling - it felt like I was living there and was going to meet my friends to go to a random country festival out in nowhere. It felt like a normal life. And that's how I got to spend time with Dennis and the others in Taiwan. He let me couchsurf at his place so I didn't have to spend more money on expensive hostels - and I felt like I had made friends and the loneliness went away.
Me and Ashur decided to go to Hualien and explore more of the mountainous regions in Taiwan. SO COLD but so beautiful.