Thoughts of a Canadian Exchange Student

Taking the MRT or the Automobile (坐捷運或坐車子)

Posted in Home, Outdoors, Sightseeing, Taipei, Taiwan, Thoughts, Transportation, Weather by J on December 31, 2008

giraffe in mrt

It’s a GIRAFFE in the MRT station!

To take the MRT (捷運) or the car to get to where you want to go… decisions, decisions. Of course, in Taipei, it’s infinitely more interesting to take public transit. Not only is it faster to get to main areas of Taipei, you get to see interesting things when you do. For example, you see an advertisement like the one in the photo above. I really had to do a double take when I saw the ad. A GIRAFFE in the MRT?! Genius. Although, I don’t know if these ads for the Very Fun Park were very successful or not.

car

Cruising along the highway to Yilan (宜蘭).

And, if you want to get out of the city, a car is the best option. Buses are okay, but they really don’t give you the freedom to go anywhere you want. The picture above was from when I went to a quiet beach in Yilan (宜蘭) with some friends. There was no one there but us. And the waves that were apparently larger than usual due to a typhoon somewhere past the horizon. And the rain that came upon us as we were lying on the beach. So, in this case, the car is a fantastic option. No matter how much I would like to save the environment. In conclusion, transit advertisements rock. Now only if Vancouver had ads on the buses that advertised something more interesting than safer sex.

zebra in mrt

A zebra too?!

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