Taipei to Kenting: Flying on the High Speed Train

 

Going to Taiwan felt different to me. I did not really converse with George about it. I did not waiver. I just decided and organized the tickets with frequent flyer miles. Sometimes I do not know what I want or honestly I do not want to share my preferences but this time I just did it and it felt liberating.

I do like being in a partnership and compromise is required, but sometimes it feels great to say no or to make my own decision.

After our big crowd experience at the International Flower Show and the mind-numbing strangeness of the Wacky Water show in Taipei, it was time for the beach.

Having been to some of the best beaches in the world, like Anguilla in the Caribbean, La Guaijera in Colombia, and Koh Lipe in Thailand, I cannot say I expected too much for Kenting Beach, Taiwan. The photos I had seen looked good but they did not mean it would be a happening hot beach getaway in April.


Video: Taipei to Kenting

Fortunately the trip started like a rocket blast, on the High Speed Train. I felt like an astronaut speeding along the rail at 345 km/hr. The whole experience reminded me of a Jetsons cartoon. The ticket-purchase machine worked like an ATM and I could buy the tickets myself easily. I was unsure why locals would stand in a long line to buy tickets when I could figure out the express ticket machine.

George selected a meal-box chicken to eat on the train. I often worry about if there will be food or what will we eat when we travel. Since traveling with him, I am working hard to change from the “it is always something” family to the “it always works out” life style. As usual, events worked out; the food was not great but edible and easy to acquire from the server who walked through the aisles with a cart. We documented our train experience with our new flip video camera.

Upon arrival, my first impression of the area was not so great. The town seemed deserted and a bit dismal, but that feeling was exacerbated by the color of the sky. Kenting Beach has so many hotels that at certain times, the place must be a big busy party scene. We let ourselves be persuaded to stay at Ocean Breeze and had a lesson on Chinese with the owner. “Hun How” means very good. George also mastered some numbers in Chinese but I have a hard time with all the tones.

Our day on the beach was relaxing and the area is pretty but it was not my favorite part of our trip. Maybe we had too many locations on our agenda or maybe the weather was not quite right to fully enjoy the area.

Overall I am glad we went to Kenting, especially as we got to ride the amazing train; we went from Taipei to Kenting in 90 minutes. It really felt like flying. I wish Los Angeles would take a lesson from Taiwan. The Taiwanese capitol has an integrated public transportation system with trains, regional and local buses and is very easy to use. You can find maps and information stations everywhere. I wish there were more transportation options in California.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

2 responses to “Taipei to Kenting: Flying on the High Speed Train

  1. I enjoyed my travel to Taiwan last year. But I never got to ride that train. My journey there consisted of watching baseball and sampling the cuisine.

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