10 Ways to Evade and Escape Taiwan’s Summer Heat

In a recent article on Summer in Taiwan, we made a few suggestions on how to embrace and enjoy Taiwan’s summer heat. But for some people, embracing the heat isn’t always the best option, and this is nothing to be ashamed of. (Most Taiwanese people feel the same way!) For these readers, we’d like to offer a few suggestions to help them escape Taiwan’s summer heat entirely.   1. Visit some big museums For the culturally inclined traveler, Taipei offers few better ways to beat the heat than several leisurely-paced days on the city’s vibrant museum scene. Lovers of fine art can spend the better part of a day at the Fine Arts Museum. If contemporary art is more your thing, head down to the Museum of Contemporary Arts. History buffs can chill out at the National Museum of History, and of course no visit to Taipei would be complete…

Sushi Express: A meditation on love and dating in Taiwan

Eric Lin was not merely my first Taiwanese friend – we’d actually met on the flight that brought me to Taiwan. He was trying to start a business with his friend based on a design idea they’d come up with in their spare time for better packaging of fragile items, which would enable him to quit his monotonous engineering job. He was great fun to talk to, and I was drawn to his complicated shyness: just awkward enough for it to be apparent, but not enough to stop him from ringing me up to have coffee. In between, we chatted about good food, good design and world travel in the low-res world of Windows Live Messenger, as I figured out the contours of my new life in Taiwan. One day a message popped up in the clear window of my flip phone, my first cell phone in Taiwan. It…