And all of a sudden, I was packing my suitcases for a business trip to Taiwan. To be quite honest with you, visiting Taiwan has never been on my bucket list. But then I was offered the possibility to work in Taipei on a German Oktoberfest. Yes, you have read correctly! A German girl like me flying half around the globe to work on a traditional German festival in an asian country. Pretty crazy, huh? But let’s start from the beginning…
At the end of October 2017, I got a WhatsApp message in one of my work groups saying that someone is looking for a German girl working in Taipei, Taiwan as soon as possible. And I didn’t hesitate a second. What an exciting adventure! So here is my trip in pictures. As I have so many, I decided to split this travel post into two parts. Enjoy the first one! If you have any questions regarding my trip or want to hear some advice on Taiwan, feel free to ask me in the comment section.
I couldn’t believe it, when I entered an almost empty plane for my first out of three flights.
Unfortunately, the next two were anything but empty.
Is there anything as awesome as flying ?! :) I just love it so much and would like to do it way more often.
… I mean the view over Hong Kong – You just get that from above :)
After 17 hours of traveling, I had the luxury of a driver picking me up from the airport. Yay!
As this was a business trip, the hotel was provided and upon arrival I checked into the Sparkle Hotel.
The hotel was located just next to the famous Taipei 101 tower, which is super central.
Since I arrived late at night, I just quickly went to my workplace to meet the man I was working for. Then I also went to a really cool outdoor community area called Commune A7 near the 101 tower with lots of street market stalls and little shops.
I already loved everything I have seen, so I was really looking forward to my stay here.
View from the hotel patio. If you follow me on my Instagram, you got your daily dose of this view haha.
I guess, I couldn’t really believe it myself. Within a week, I flew from Berlin to Taipei for work.
Fun Fact: I have never been on the German Oktoberfest. And I didn’t own a Dirndl, which was necessary for the job. Finding a Dirndl at the end of Oktober is hardly possible. But, I found one as you can see ;)
So, for the next twelve days I worked on the biggest German Oktoberfest an Asia area has ever seen. Hosted by Michael Wendel, who moved to Taiwan over 20 years ago to start a German bakery.
He expanded over the years and now hosts the annual Oktoberfest in Taipei.
To be working in a country, where you don’t speak the language (and many Taiwanese don’t speak English) was a whole new experience for me. It taught me a lot and I am grateful for that. I am also grateful for all the amazing people I met during this time. The band who performed every night was from Germany too and I quickly became friends with the singer Susi with whom I spent an incredible time together.
You CANNOT imagine how many times I had to pose for strangers.
I had to take photos on my way to work, when I worked and on my way home. It was crazy. Felt like a celebrity haha.
Here is also the unoffical Facebook page for the event, where you can see some more pictures of the event from visitors. You might spot me ;)
On one of the nights, I met some really nice German folks. After I finished work, we went to a nearby pub and had way too many drinks. We ended up in their apartment on the 17th floor with an incredible view over Taipei. We talked for hours and watched the sun rise :)
Could indulge in Chinese/Taiwanese food everyday all day.
I hope you enjoyed the first part of my Taipei photo diary.
In the next post, I will show you more of what I did besides working and I am going to show you two amazing lookouts : The Taipei 101 tower and the Elephant mountain. So stay tuned!
*All pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8.