My ninth day on the road was short and sweet. Tainan City 台南市 is less than 50 kilometers from my destination, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan’s great southern metropolis. I knew it would be an easy ride so I woke up late, checked out of my hostel at the very last minute, and went wandering through the nearby laneways in search of breakfast and a decent place to get some work done.
After taking the high-speed train down to Kaohsiung 高雄 for a wedding banquet on new year’s day I decided to stick around and see more of Taiwan’s second-largest city. A friend offered me a place to stay that night but warned me it wasn’t anything fancy. Actually, the place turned out to be little more than a squat above a DVD shop. Yes, that kind of DVD shop. And there was no separate entrance—you had to wander through the shop to get to the stairway. This is not the sort of place you’d usually find on AirBNB!